Psalm 12

The godly are no more.
The faithful have vanished.
Everyone lies.

The psalmist paints a bleak picture. It is a cry for help when it seems like everyone has chosen to lie to promote their own interests. The psalmist feels alone, like the last of the faithful standing. He prays, “Help, LORD. Stop the lies.”

God responds to the psalmist’s prayer:

I hear and will arise.
I will protect the weak and needy from those who lie.
You can count on my words.

“Now I will arise,” says the LORD;
“I will set him in the safety for which he longs.” (v. 5b NASB)

And the words of the LORD are flawless,
like silver refined in a furnace of clay,
purified seven times. (v. 6)

The psalmist closes with the contrasting realities of life on this broken planet:
1. The godly can count on God’s protection. (v. 7)
2. The wicked will continue to honor what is vile in God’s eyes. (v. 8)

The wicked will lie.
When lies abound, it is difficult to discern what is true.

What are we to do?

Psalm 12:6 reminds us that God’s words are true, without a hint of impurity. So when lies abound, we study God’s Word and cling to His truth. We believe in who He says He is and what He says He will do. And like the psalmist, we pray – we bring our concerns to the God who hears and responds.

Father, thank you for your Word, your flawless truth. Thank you that your words are written down so that I can read them again and again to remind myself of who you are. Thank you for the Psalms that are teaching me about you and shaping my prayers, encouraging me to bring my needs and emotions to you. Thank you, LORD, that you hear and respond to my prayers. Amen.

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