Feigned Lips

May 31, 2016
Stephen Charnock
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Psalm 17.1: Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.
There are such things as “feigned lips; “a contraction between the heart and the tongue, a clamour in the voice and scoffing in the soul, a crying to God, “Thou art my father, the guide of my youth; “and yet speaking and doing evil to the utmost of our power (Jer 3:4-5), as if God could be imposed upon by fawning pretences, and, like old Isaac, take Jacob for Esau, and be cozened by the smell of his garments; as if he could not discern the (black) heart under an angel’s garb… This is an unworthy conceit of God, to fancy that we can satisfy for inward sins, and avert approaching judgments by external offerings, by a loud voice, with a false heart, as if God (like children), would be pleased with the glittering of an empty shell, or the rattling of stones, the chinking of money, a mere voice, and crying without inward frames and intentions of service..

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