Psalms 12: Keep the Faith
In Psalms 12, David saw a generation in moral decline. He saw people that were not acting the way that they should, and the hardest part was that they were falling away from the faith.
Psa 12:1 To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David. Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
Psa 12:2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
I think we can certainly identify with this message today. The world seems to be growing farther and farther away from God. People are falling away from the faith as well. It doesn’t take very long to find an article on the Internet of someone who identifies as an “ex-Christian.” We may worry about what is happening in our world, but apparently, this kind of thing was even going on in the time of King David.
If you want to go even farther into this issue, continue reading what David says and see if that doesn’t match up with what we see in the world today.
Psa 12:8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.
What exactly are we supposed to do about this? The only thing that this Psalm advises is to continue being faithful.
Psa 12:5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.
Psa 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Psa 12:7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
Even though many of the godly people are falling away, we can be assured that God will preserve the faithful. Interestingly, these verses specifically refer to the poor and needy. I would have to assume this is because they are the most vulnerable when people begin to start becoming dishonest and devious.
I think that the application for us is pretty obvious today. We need to be thinking about the fact that even though our generation and our world might be falling away from God, God has handled this kind of situation before. It might be discouraging, but in reality, evil is no match for God, so there is no need for fear.