Tehillim / Psalms 120, ספר תהילים קכ, Part 1, There is always the opportunity for Repentance

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In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 120:1-7, the psalm opens א שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת אֶל-יְהֹוָה בַּצָּרָתָה לִּי קָרָאתִי וַיַּעֲנֵנִי: 120:1 In my trouble I cried to the Lord, And He answered me. (NASB) How often have you prayed and you know without a doubt that the Lord had answered your prayer? The prayer David ask of the Lord is the following, ב יְהוָה הַצִּילָה נַפְשִׁי מִשְּׂפַת-שֶׁקֶר מִלָּשׁוֹן רְמִיָּה: 120:2 Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, From a deceitful tongue. (NASB) The deceitful tongue is synonymous to the deceitful heart, the evil inclination (Lashon Hara). David asks also saying, ג מַה-יִּתֵּן לְךָ וּמַה-יֹּסִיף לָךְ לָשׁוֹן רְמִיָּה: 120:3 What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, You deceitful tongue? (NASB) Is David speaking of the punishment that is due the deceitful tongue? Has deception become second nature to you to the extent that it is what goes through the narratives of the heart on a daily basis, seeking how to deceive? Have you ever sought to be cleansed of sin in the sense that one day we will stand before our Father in heaven, and you do not want to look around with deception, lust, covetousness, or some other sin remaining in the heart? Read more here: Tehillim 120-Part1

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