Psalm 12

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The Righteous One’s Consoling Assurance that the Lord’s Word, though mocked at, shall not fail

Whether through death or spiritual decline, David is aware of the paucity of godly men in the land. There had developed an environment of dishonesty, deceit and untrustworthy communication. He could not trust what people said. Indeed, the context speaks of vain words, flattering words, proud words, and vile words – but in contrast, God’s Word remained pure (v. 6). From Alpha to Omega and from Genesis to Revelation, they are tried words. They have a purity that has been tested over and over again, and yet found to be without spot or any such thing. It is the inerrant, infallible, eternal word, which is but the oral expression of the Word Himself. It is our impurity that causes confusion of doctrine and misunderstanding, not the divine truth.

Pastor Jeff O’ Neil

Psalm 12

¹Help, LORD, because the godly man
Doth daily fade away;
And from among the sons of men
The faithful do decay.

²Unto his neighbour ev’ry one
Doth utter vanity:
They with a double heart do speak,
And lips of flattery.

³GOD shall cut off all flatt’ring lips,
Tongues that speak proudly thus,
⁴We’ll with our tongue prevail, our lips
Are ours: who’s lord o’er us?

⁵For poor oppress’d, and for the sighs
Of needy, rise will I,
Saith GOD, and him in safety set
From such as him defy.

⁶The words of GOD are words most pure;
They be like silver tried
In earthen furnace, seven times
That hath been purified.

⁷LORD, thou shalt them preserve and keep
For ever from this race.
⁸On each side walk the wicked, when
Vile men are high in place.