Man’s Treachery and God’s Constancy

To the Chief Musician. On An Eight-Stringed Harp. A Psalm of David.

1 Help, LORD, for the godly man ceases!
For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.
2 They speak idly everyone with his neighbor;
With flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
3 May the LORD cut off all flattering lips,
And the tongue that speaks proud things,
4 Who have said,
“With our tongue we will prevail;
Our lips are our own;
Who is lord over us?”

5 “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy,
Now I will arise,” says the LORD;
“I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.”

Psalm 12:1-5
  • LORD, help us, for the godly are disappearing.
  • There are fewer and fewer godly people on the earth, yet they are so needed.
  • Former Christians talk idly with friends and neighbors.
  • They speak with flattery and with two different outlooks and opinions. They waver back and forth, and are not consistent.
  • God, stop their flattering tongues and their proud speeches.
  • LORD, make them aware that they cannot win all their victories with their words, their lips, their tongues.
  • God help us to stand for truth and to recognize that You are Lord over all the earth.
  • God, speak to the flattering lips and tongues of the evil men who seek to win a victory by wooing with words. Make them know that they cannot sway You with words, only with worship.

6 The words of the LORD are pure words,
Like silver tried in a furnace of earth,
Purified seven times.
7 You shall keep them, O LORD,
You shall preserve them from this generation forever.

8 The wicked prowl on every side,
When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.

Psalm 12:6-8
  • But, Lord, the words of Your mouth are pure. They are like purest metal, melted in the fire and skimmed seven times.
  • Your words are established forever, O LORD.
  • You declare truth at all times, and we believe You.
  • You are the only One with the words of life.
  • The wicked prowl and lie, deceiving many along the way.
  • Their vile thoughts permeate society, Lord, and they are elevated among others.
  • But, You, LORD, are the only One with life and grace in Your words.
  • You are the only One whose words can save and heal.
  • You give us the words we need to live forever.
  • Thank You, Lord, for showing us the way to eternal life and holiness.
  • Speak to us, Lord, for Your words give us life.

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