What about, “May the LORD cut off … the tongue that makes great boasts”? We’re all very much aware that politicians boasted great untruths prior to the Brexit referendum. The 2014 Tesco accounting scandal involved the boastful overstatement of profits and resulted in a fine from the Serious Fraud Office of £129 million. Donald Trump continues to boast in the global political arena. Some of those who boasted record-breaking sporting triumphs are now proven drug takers. King David prayed that all this – in his day - would stop.
What about, “May the LORD cut off … those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?” Chairman Mao Zedong led the China Communist Party’s Great Leap Forward (1958-1962).”Great leap forward”? When their agricultural reforms (like shooting all sparrows to stop them pecking seeds) resulted in massively reduced grain production (crop-eating vermin thrived because birds didn’t curb them), Mao’s followers used their lips and tongues to over-state every grain harvest. China then allocated grain to the cities – and even exported grain – grain taken from the starving growers. About 39 million died. “Who is master over us?”
There was no one to help. Actually, was there no one to help? “Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the LORD; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.” As you read this, I can almost hear you shouting at me, “but what about the 39 million? What did your LORD do about these innocent peasants?”
Maybe you didn’t really take to heart the complaint to the LORD by King David that “the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.” Maybe you didn’t notice his observation that “everyone utters lies to his neighbour”? Did you think that all 39 million who were effectively killed in the Great Leap Forward were totally worthy in the sight of the LORD? Were all of them as holy as the LORD in heart and action?
In King David’s day there were those about whom the LORD could look down and say “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.” King David went on to say with full assurance: “You, O LORD, will keep them … forever.” Were there some like that among Mao’s victims?