March 26, 2021 – Friday

Psalm 12:1-2        NKJV

Help Lord, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.
They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; With flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

Psalm 12:1-2        NIV

Help Lord, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts.

Comment 

I am deviating from looking at all the verses with believe, believer, or belief because this Psalm was the subject of our Monday evening Bible study where eight of us discussed it for close to 90 minutes. It is only 8 verses and something about the Psalm itself and the discussion really moved me that night, but I held off until now writing about it. The NKJV is provided along with the NIV as we use the NKJV during Monday’s Bible study. Today I wish to show both throughout.

The Psalm has no title, but Spurgeon in his The Treasury of David (volume 1 of 3) gave it the title Good Thoughts in Bad Times. As you can easily tell from the first two verses provided above it was definitely Bad Times. Spurgeon noted It is supposed to have been written while Saul was persecuting David.  Spurgeon also divided this short Psalm into five parts or movements with the first being David bringing his complaints before the Lord concerning the treachery of his day as our two verses above clearly indicate. What should also be noted is the first two words Help Lord are a prayer we might remember when we need help and do not know how to ask. In such circumstances we can always say or begin with Help Lord followed by all the details of our circumstances we feel the need to share.

The next two verses call for judgment on traitors who have no respect for God and self-righteousness driving their pride. These are considered imprecatory verses where David calls for God’s curses on his enemies.

NKJV

May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, And the tongue that speaks proud things,
Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; Who is lord over us?”

NIV

May the Lord silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue—
those who say, “By our tongues we will prevail; our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”

Looking at verse five we read God’s own words. The words that would strike the greatest fear into His doubters and those full of pride and self-righteousness are Now I will arise. Spurgeon says, Nothing moves a father like the cries of his children; he bestirs himself, wakes us his manhood, overthrows the enemy, and sets his beloved in safety. An apt description of God in this verse.

NKJV

“For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy,
Now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.”

NIV

“Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan,

I will now arise,” says the Lord. “I will protect them from those who malign them.”

Then we come to verses six and seven where the faithfulness of God to take care of His people is praised.  Plus, we have the purity of God’s words. When silver (or gold) is heated sufficiently, the dross or impurities rise to the surface and are skimmed off. After seven times you should be able to see a perfect reflection on the surface. Trials and tribulations can do this for us as we become more and more Christ like in our hearts.  

NKJV

The words of the Lord are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times.
You shall keep them, O Lord, You shall preserve them from this generation forever.

NIV

And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.

You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked,

Finally, we come to verse eight, the last verse, and surprisingly it is a lament. David returns to his complaint about the wickedness all about him. Sadly, we see this daily in our lives with Planned Parenthood, pornography proliferating, and depravity seemingly everywhere. Spurgeon notes, the original, instead of vile, literally means feces, flatulence, dregs per Good’s translation. Fitting. 

NKJV

The wicked prowl on every side, When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.

NIV

[the wicked] who freely strut about when what is vile is honored by the human race.

As I come to an end here, I wish to note I have only touched on a small bit of what was discussed and talked about during the Bible study. For this reason I recommend to all to join a Bible study to deepen and strengthen your faith.

Prayer: Almighty God – May we always remember to call upon You even when we do not have the words, other than, Lord Help! You are always faithful to hear our cries and You are our salvation. Thank You for Your love and mercy. – In Jesus name. Amen.

RileyD, nwJ
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton