Reading the Word
Psalm 12:1–8 (ESV)
1 Save, O Lord, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man. 2 Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak. 3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts, 4 those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?” 5 “Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.” 6 The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times. 7 You, O Lord, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever. 8 On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the children of man.
Understanding and Applying the Word
The psalmist ends this psalm with the words “vileness is exalted among the children of man.” Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever felt like the whole world has turned its back on God and no one is left that seeks him? The psalmist reflects that everyone is full of lies and they speak with flattering lips and a double heart.
Where has truth and honesty and doing what is right gone? What advantage is there to godliness in a world that applauds what is vile? God’s people seek to honor him not to gain the world’s approval and applause, but to bring glory to him. The world may reject godliness, but God will save his people and he will judge the wicked.
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