Praying the Psalms~ Psalm 12 Liar! Liar! Pants on fire!

Do you ever get tired of being lied to? Yeah. Me, too. In fact, it seems that more than ever in my life I catch people in flat-out lies. Not exaggerations. Not misunderstandings. Lies.

The political campaigns are full of trashy lies and even those who aren’t lying are pulled into the twistings of the slanderers, and no one knows who to believe and everyone feels disillusioned.

I remember last election cycle getting a call from a sweet girl who was really perplexed about who to vote for on election day. She didn’t want to vote for a person she thought seemed like a good choice, because she heard on social media that the very person wanted to make birth control illegal. Now, this makes me want to cry and laugh all at the same time I am gouging my eyes out with pencils. Because certain candidates didn’t want to force little old catholic nuns to pay for birth control for someone else they were being slandered as wanting to take away the right for birth control. This is because those spinning political lies know they will gain power from lying.

Also, character “assassination” takes place where someone wants to cover their own behind, so they make false accusations about someone else. Everyone just assumes everyone is lying. It is maddening.

Jesus said that when someone lies, they speak the language of their father the devil. Let that soak in.

God is truth. His followers tell the truth.

The devil is a liar. His followers lie.

This is what Jesus said, not me. I am just repeating him.

Where do we get the playground phrase, “Liar, liar pants on fire?” Well, this little kindergarten rhyme is from Revelation, of course. The little babies don’t know they are quoting an apocalyptic scripture. 🙂

Revelation 21

A New Heaven and a New Earth

21 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.

This is not a drill. This is for real. Of course, this list of people are those who have not repented of their lying and other sundry sins and turned to the savior of our souls, Jesus Christ. Jesus died to not only save us from hell, but to cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Jesus gives his followers new hearts and minds through his redemption and through the resurrection.

That being said, this passage shows us that those who profess Christ will turn from their wicked ways and allow God to do a great work in them.  This is great indeed, because we are unable to attain this righteousness on our own, but only can receive it from Jesus. And Jesus will finish the work he began in you. If you struggle with the sin of lying, this is something to take seriously. When the Holy Spirit reminds you that you just lied, that is HOPE! Repent! If you are feeling bad about reading this, that is hope as well! That conflict is from the Holy Spirit. Jesus is giving you the ability to turn from your sin and embrace his forgiveness and transforming power.

If you are the victim of lying, If people are spreading lies about you or lying to you, this Psalm 12 is a fantastic prayer. If you are a parent of a child or children who lie, this is a prayer time for you! If you are a friend or family member of someone who lies, this is for you! It is a real chance to pour your heart out about it. There is nothing quite so disturbing as being lied to or lied about.

The liar wants to protect themselves, when the person who loves God puts their trust in God to protect them and if they have done something wrong, they know the best place to turn is the forgiving arms of a father who loves them. A lack of humility is usually one of the biggest reasons someone lies. It says in James, “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and he will lift you up.”

Prayers for forgiveness. If you have lied in your life. (Haven’t we all done this at one point or another…?) This is a time for reflection and soul-searching. You come to a God of grace. This is the time for turning from lies to truth, from the devil’s path to God’s path of holiness. God will not reject you for admitting or confessing your lies. He wants to hear from you with an honest heart. 

“Father, in Jesus name, I come to you broken over lies in my life. I know that Jesus you said that when we lie, we speak the language of our father the devil. I do not want to speak a prideful, self-serving language. I want to speak you language~ the language of truth and humility. I want to put others above myself. Please forgive me for lying. Forgive me for exaggerating to make things seem better or worse than they really were. Remove all lying from me, Oh Lord. Create in me a clean heart, Oh Lord and renew a right spirit within me.

Show me if there is any unclean way in me and lead me in the way everlasting. Show me why I lie, Lord God. Show me how to get victory over lying, so I can walk as an overcomer, in Jesus name. I believe in your son Jesus Christ and I ask Father for you asking you to do a new and great work in my life in the area of truthfulness. Forgive me for all my sin and fill me with your Holy Spirit to overflowing. Put a guard over my mouth and change my heart that I may bring honor to your name. Take away a spirit of deception from me, in Jesus name. I command deceit and lying to leave me, in Jesus name. Father, uproot it from my life! Open my eyes so I can see the truth and not to be deceived by others. I realize that since I have walked in lying it has had authority over my life. I pray and give you all that authority I gave to the lying, in Jesus name.  (Romans 6 We are a slave to the one we obey.) Teach my heart, Lord God. You are Lord of my heart. Break my heart over my sin, and give me a renewed desire for you and for truthful relationships. Give me patience, if there is someone I need to rebuild trust with, in Jesus name. Help me to win back all lost confidence in time and with your help, Lord Jesus. Amen!”

Psalm 12 is a cry from the heart who is tired of lying. Read it then pray it!

Psalm 12

For the director of music. According to sheminith. A psalm of David.

Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;
    those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
Everyone lies to their neighbor;
    they flatter with their lips
    but harbor deception in their hearts.

May the Lord silence all flattering lips
    and every boastful tongue—
those who say,
    “By our tongues we will prevail;
    our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”

“Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan,
    I will now arise,” says the Lord.
    “I will protect them from those who malign them.”
And the words of the Lord are flawless,
    like silver purified in a crucible,
    like gold[c] refined seven times.

You, Lord, will keep the needy safe
    and will protect us forever from the wicked,
who freely strut about
    when what is vile is honored by the human race.

Prayer time:

“Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;
    those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
Everyone lies to their neighbor;
    they flatter with their lips
    but harbor deception in their hearts.

Father, I am really tired of all the lying. There is deception everywhere. Not just deceptive words, but also deceptive intentions. It seems that everyone is hiding something. It also seems that the truthful go punished for their truthfulness. It helps to know that King David felt this way, so long ago and that your Word has stayed the course all these years, in the face of lies and evil of all kinds! God, you see those who are lying. You know their intensions of the heart. You see every word that has been brought against me. You know how weary I am of hearing people slander other people and the darkness that is all around us in the world. Oh Lord, you must be so much more tired of it than I am, but you are so much more patient. You are such a good and awesome God! I am so sorry that you must endure the pain of wickedness coming up before your throne day after day.

May you silence all flattering lips
    and every boastful tongue—
those who say,
    “By our tongues we will prevail;
    our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?” 

Oh Lord~ stop them in their lies. Uncover the lies. Give these liars a chance to repent by uncovering them for their lies in front of everyone, in Jesus name. Father, thank you for uncovering the lying people who cheated on their spouses through Ashley Madison. I pray that you will continue to uncover sin. Expose it and give more chances for repentance, in Jesus name! Father, I pray about specific situations right now. I pray for _____, in Jesus name that you convict this person of lying, pride and fear in Jesus name! I pray that each time they lie that you will speak directly to them and tell them to repent, in Jesus name!

Thank you for your good words, Oh Lord! “Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord“I will protect them from those who malign them.” Protect those who are in the line of fire from those who lie. I pray for those women who are in abusive relationships with liars, Lord Jesus. Wake them up to the deceptions and the power of manipulation over their lives, in Jesus name. Break the chain of abuse and manipulation in relationships, in Jesus name. I pray for those employees who are being oppressed by lying. I pray for the moms and dads who are struggling with lying teenagers, in Jesus name. I pray for you to bring a strong conviction. Give the gift of repentance, Holy Spirit. Give repentance, in Jesus name. Give relief to those struggling and give them hope in Christ to pray for those who are stuck in the middle of deception. I pray, in Jesus name that you break the power of a lying spirit over _____________ in Jesus name. Break Satan’s power of habitual lying in _______ person in Jesus name! 

 And your words, Oh Lord are flawless,
    like silver purified in a crucible,
    like gold refined seven times. May your Word burn and shine brightly in my heart. May your truth protect my heart from the deception of this age. It says in your Word that the god of this age has blinded the eyes of the unbelievers. I ask Lord, as for me and my house, that we would be protected from all the lies of Satan, in Jesus name. If there are any unclean ways or intentions in my heart, reveal them to me and purify me. Multiply your Word in my heart that I may not sin against thee, in Jesus name. 

You, Lord, will keep the needy safe
    and will protect us forever from the wicked,
who freely strut about
    when what is vile is honored by the human race.

I pray you will do this, in Jesus name. I pray that while many strut about on social media with the most vile posts and pictures that you will still be honored by the remnant who call on your name. I pray that the people of God will begin to honor what is righteous and not what is vile, in Jesus name. I pray that bad jokes will become distasteful and that the tellers and hearers will feel sick about participating in vile things. I pray that lying will lose it’s appeal, in Jesus name. I pray for your heart to become my heart and your motivation my motivation. I pray my family will walk in your truth, in Jesus name. I pray that we will honor you in my home, in Jesus name. Protect us, truly, Oh Lord, in Jesus name!

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