1 I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me.
2 Save me, Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues. Psalm 120:1-2
We all have been victims of lying lips and deceitful tongues. It’s not fun and it can be quite hurtful. We certainly can’t control what others say about us, but we can control how we think and feel about it.
Our first tendency is to lash out at the individual responsible for the insults. It’s not helpful to the situation but it’s a very real feeling. We would be very wise, however, to just give it over to God. Obviously it’s easier said than done. Then if you need to confront the person face-to-face, it’ll soften your words and tone.
Calling on the Lord in these times of distress addresses the pain and insult at the same time. He can soothe the pain and “go after” the person who insulted you. You may still need to confront if the situation warrants it, but the Lord will have softened the heart first.
It’s always a good thing, however, to go to the Lord first.