Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The Faithful Have Vanished Psalms 12
1Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases to be, For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.
2 They speak falsehood to one another; With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.
3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, The tongue that speaks great things;
4 Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; who is lord over us?”
5 “Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he longs.”
6 The words of the Lord are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.
7 You, O Lord, will keep them; You will preserve him from this generation forever.
8 The wicked strut about on every side When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.
Is it just me? Or are you amazed at these words? I find it astonishing that David speaks so well for us. We are living in a time where the faithful seem to have vanished. In a time where are very leaders seem to be the ones who are leading us astray. In a world where it is more important to appease the ungodly than it is to serve God.
Where promises are made to those in need, those who are suffering and yet with each promise, strings are attached. Promises are broken, individuals are sacrificed to the masses. Lies rule the world. (Are we sure this didn't come from our morning paper?)
But God promises to arise and protect those of His people. He promises to place them in safety. Ok, all you scoffers, being held in God's embrace is a truly safe place to be. Is the world still going insane around us, yes. Are we suddenly physically safe from the world's problems, no. But when God embraces us, protects us and lights the way for us, our burdens are lighter and our fears are gone. If that's not safe, what is?
We still live in a world run by man so our strength must come from God's promises.
*remember these are my thoughts on this verse and what I took away from my Bible study.. feel free to add yours to the discussion.