Psalm 12

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.”  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.


The following commentary is from Warren W. Wiersbe’s Book, “BE Worshipful”

        On some university campuses, what once was called “Home Economics” is now  “The College of Applied Life Studies. “..….In politics, new taxes are “revenue enhancements”……This kind of artificial evasive language is known as “doublespeak,” and its popularity in almost every area of human life is evidence that language and communication are in serious trouble.  Our ability to speak and write words is a precious gift from God, and this psalm deals with the right and wrong of that gift…..

         The Righteous—-Desparing Words (v. 1).  In Psalm 11, the foundations of society were shaking (v. 3), but here David cried out for help (salvation, deliverance) because the godly remnant of faithful believers was getting smaller and smaller……It was the cry of a truly faithful servant of God who wanted to see his nation, Israel, fulfill her devine purposes on earth.  The faithfulness of Israel involved bringing the Savior into the world and blessing all the nations (Gen. 12:1-3)…….One of the tragedies today is that a new generation of believers doesn’t seem to know what it takes to be a godly leader, so they borrow leadership ideas from secular society and choose all kinds of unequipped and unqualified people to be leaders.

        The Wicked—-Deceptive Words (vv. 2-4).  One mark of a Spirit-filled believer is the ability to detect lies and liars and avoid them (1 John 2:18-29), and David knew he was living in a society controlled by deception……What would David say if he were alive today and witnessed the propaganda and promotion that make up what we casually call “the media”?  He probably would describe today’s “communication” as he did centuries ago: empty and useless words (“vanity”), smoothe talk (“flattery”), double-talk from double hearts, and boastful talk or “proud words.”……

         Flattery is not communication;  it’s manipulation (See Prov. 26:28; 28:23).  Even in Christian ministry it’s possible to use flattery to influence people and exploit them (1 Thess. 2:1-6)……Of course what the lips speak comes from the heart (Matt. 12:33-37), and  that’s why David accuses these liars of duplicity, which is a divided heart (literally “a heart and a heart”).  This is the opposite of “perfect heart,” total loyalty to God and His truth (86:11)…….

         As for “proud words,” this describes boastful speech that impresses people by its oratory and vocabulary.  This kind of speech is motivated by pride and is used by people who think they’re in control and will never need to answer to anybody, including the Lord……

          The Lord—-Delivering Words (vv. 5-8).  But God sees the oppression of the weak (Ex. 3:7) and hears the pain in their cries, and He declares that He will arise and judge the liars and deceivers……When God comes to deliver His people, He will “cut off” those who practice flattery and deception, which means separation from the covenant community, like the separation of the goats from the sheep (Matt. 25:31-33)……

            His Word is flawless and can be trusted; His Word is precious and must be valued……No matter how many lies this generation tells, God’s Word is safe, for He said, “I am watching over my Word to perform it” (Jer. 1:12 NASB).  Furthermore, God is able to protect His godly people from the lies of the enemy.  God’s people are “the generation of the righteous” (14:5), the generation that seeks God (24:6), the generation of His children (73:15), the generation of the upright (112:2).  If God’s people will saturate themselves with God’s Word, they won’t be seduced by “this lying generation.”…..

          The final verse issues a call to action, for “the wicked strut about, and evil is praised throughout the land”…… The things that God condemns are now a means of universal entertainment, and the entertainment industry give awards to the people who produce these things.  People boast about things they ought to be ashamed of (Phil. 3:18-19).  Is there a way to restrain and overcome the decay?  Yes! God’s people are salt and light (Matt. 5:13-16).  If there were more light in the land, there would be less darkness, and if we had more salt, there would be less decay.  As God’s people worship God, pray, and share the gospel with the lost, more people will trust Christ and increase the salt and light in the land……The church is always one generation short of extinction, so we must be faithful to win the lost and teach the believers, or vileness will conquer the land.

In the opening paragraph of Wiersbe’s commentary, when he talks about ‘doublespeak’  I immediately thought of politics. Especially when further down he talks about the media  being of propaganda and promotion.  I’m sure satan loves election season and enjoys stirring up the pot of anger.  I really think it has reached a point where politicians on both sides feel that civil discussion bores the voting base. Heaven forbid if the  candidates had civil discussions during the debates. In the past, the candidates who tried to act civil were soon eliminated. I pray that this time it will be different that they have great discussions as they debate the issues and that it will hold voters’ interest.

Only God truly knows what is in everyone’s heart and I want to make sure that during this election season, that I keep my heart as close to God’s heart as possible. I want to be part of the ‘salt and light’ during this election season and beyond, I will ‘saturate’ myself in God’s Word and pray for all office holders and candidates, asking God for wisdom before voting for candidates and issues on the ballot, and praying for civility after the election is over. God is totally in charge and will take care of us, now and forever, if we put our trust in Him.  Let this election season become an opportunity to decrease the anger in our country and increase the salt and light.

I wish everyone a very blessed day.

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