Vs. 2, “Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts.” Certainly, King David is applying hyperbole as he looks around and sees the decline of the godly (vs. 1-2). There were many who would oppress others by their deceitful tongues. Question: What does it mean to have flattering lips? Throughout the Old Testament, the use of our lips reveals the character of a person (Psalm 12;2, 31:18, 63:5, Proverbs 16:13, Hab. 3:16). When we flatter another person with kind words, our heart is being deceptive for we are not being sincere (vs. 3-5). Thankfully, we having a standard by which the Lord has set with His flawless lips (vs. 6-8).
Regarding application…Flattery’s Danger. Vs. 3, “May the LORD silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue.” Question: What could be the danger of flattery? I was thinking long and hard about this. One of the motives of flattery is to manipulate people. When we set our course to follow God’s will, this can often be deterred by the flattery of others. People will tell us (friends, family, school counselors) that we are good at such and such a thing. But, sometimes their motives can be selfish. We may end up doing something that God never intended us to do. On a light note example, I think of those reality television competitions. Simon Cowell always had quite a flair at destroying the dreams of young singers. They came to the competition because there must have been flattering lips of many to make them believe they could sing. Perhaps we all know people who so easily flatter others. Be careful for they will often ask for something in return.