All Talk–Psalm 12

Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases to be, for the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. They speak falsehood to one another; with flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.

Psalm 12:1-2

In evil times, it seems as though all the good people are dead and gone, or under cover.

This is interesting. The Bible does talk about the godly being “taken away,” and on this prospect we should be comforted!

The righteous man perishes, and no man takes it to heart;
And devout men are taken away, while no one understands.
For the righteous man is taken away from evil,
He enters into peace;
They rest in their beds,
Each one who walked in his upright way.

Isaiah 57:1-2

Then why am I still here, you say? Am I the only godly one left? (Shades of Elijah) No, it just seems that way.

But imagine for a moment, and it won’t be too hard, a world where there are no godly people. No longer will truth be spoken. At best, there will be only flattery and Orwellian double-speak (v. 2), followed by vain boasting (see below).

May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that speaks great things; who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; our lips are our own; who is lord over us?” (vv. 3-4) The wicked strut about on every side. When vileness is exalted among the sons of men. (v. 8)

Psalm 12:3-4, 8

Unabated, the wicked will take to the streets, strutting about, spewing vileness (word used only here in the Bible), which is utter foolishness in God’s eyes. Is this not the case right now?

Rest easy, there is a God over us all, and he loves and supports his people. Here’s proof.

Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”? (Isaiah 40:27)

For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. (2 Chronicles 16:9)

And reading on in Psalm 12, “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.” (v. 5)

In vivid contrast to vileness of the godless, the the words of the Lord are right, very pure, precious, sweet, tested and tried seven times over, and eternal.

The words of the Lord are pure words;
As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.
You, O Lord, will keep them;
You will preserve him from this generation forever.

Psalm 12:6-7

The reality is this, we remain on this earth for now, and our souls are relentlessly afflicted or oppressed by the evil we hear from unrestrained lips or fingertips, and some of us are even verbally abused and threatened to our faces.

But know this, from this plight our God rescues us!

Be reminded of 2 Peter 2:7-10:

If He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority.

About Rick Reynolds

You'll find me in the far right hand corner of evangelical Christianity. I defy more categorization than that. Been studying the Word for 40 years and counting.
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