Psalm 12

Help, O Lord, for the godly are fast disappearing!
    The faithful have vanished from the earth!
Neighbors lie to each other,
    speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts.
May the Lord cut off their flattering lips
    and silence their boastful tongues.
They say, “We will lie to our hearts’ content.
    Our lips are our own—who can stop us?”

The Lord replies, “I have seen violence done to the helpless,
    and I have heard the groans of the poor.
Now I will rise up to rescue them,
    as they have longed for me to do.”
The Lord’s promises are pure,
    like silver refined in a furnace,
    purified seven times over.
Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed,
    preserving them forever from this lying generation,
even though the wicked strut about,
    and evil is praised throughout the land.


What a contemporary Psalm.  We live in a culture built on lies, and it seems like the godly are rapidly being outnumbered.  I love the honesty of verse 4: “We will lie to our hearts’ content.  Our lips are our own–who can stop us?”  Sounds like politicians.

But I am more struck by the last part of verse 5 where God acts as “we have longed for him to do!”  The longing suggests a long wait between the cry of the people and the action of God.  I need to be patient for God is not ruled by time.  For him it is only a useful thing.  My confidence must always be–in spite of the circumstances–God is faithful and he will act!

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