Draw me not away with the wicked and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts.
A small village depended on its large neighbor to protect and defend it. The small village had no means to defend itself on it own. For years the large village defended the smaller one, but one day, when the small village needed support, the larger village refused, saying they no longer cared what happened. Actually, the larger village wanted to acquire the land of the smaller one, so they had hired a band of soldiers to attack the little village.
This parable is not a piece of simple fiction, but a startling and sad reality in our world today. Deceit is the order of the day. What will ever bring all the sadness and oppression to an end? The Lord, God, that's who. The Lord despises evil, and one day all evil will be erased. As Kingdom people, we can rejoice in the promise of peace and harmony which God is sure to supply.
Lord, search out the depths of my heart, and remove any deceit that You might find within me. Purge my heart of all wickedness. Count me among the number of the faithful, not the mischievous. Amen.