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"Thy Word Have I Hid In Mine Heart..." Psalm 119 : 11

Caught in Our Own Ambush

They lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
19th January
T. DeWitt Talmage
O Lord, help us to hear the serpents rattle before we feel its fangs.
Despite the fact that many adolescents hold views to the contrary, fathers do know more than their sons on the general affairs of life. Solomon demonstrates a knowledge of the enticements that the young will invariably encounter from the wicked of this world. He is even able to quote them (v. 11). The language of temptation does not alter with the years. Neither does the Christian's response. 'Walk not thou . . . with them' (v. 15). David, Solomon's father, had issued the same advice a generation before in the opening lyrics of his psalter: 'Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful (Psa. 1:1).

Such counsel is not based upon Christian ethics alone, though that is sufficient reason for us to avoid sin. No! Solomon's plea to his son was also based on the practical consideration that sin brings its own judgment. In words that may well be paraphrased by the familiar declaration, 'They will come to a bad end,' Solomon declared, 'They lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.' There is no more risky life than that of the man or woman who lives in defiance of God. It has been rightly observed that such persons 'shall not live out half their days' (Psa. 55:23). Sin is a time bomb ticking away. Those who embrace it have no way of knowing when it will destroy them. Paul urged Timothy, 'Flee . . . youthful lusts.' Be assured, sin shall destroy those who do not keep their distance. 'Sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death' (James 1:15). Let the prayer of Jabez be ever in our hearts: 'Keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!' (I Chron. 4:10).