Hello, my friend. Now we come to PSALM 12, which commences with that word we have read before, “Help…”. I love that verse in Psalm 33:10, “God is our help and shield”, or in Psalm 46 (Martin Luther’s favorite Psalm) vs.1, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” I think God rejoices when we call out the word “Help” for then He can come with blessings to our heart. As you have read Psalm 12 you can see why David was calling for help. He says, “faithful people are difficult to find, everyone lies to his neighbor, but uses flattering lips to deceive and destroy.” And he thinks of people who say, “We own our lips—who is our master?” James warns us of lips which are not mastered by the Lord, speaking of the tongue, “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. My brothers, this should not be.” (James 3:9).
So the Psalmist finds himself despairing, until he is reminded with the key-verse of this Psalm, vs. 6, “The words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.” How exciting to know that when the Word of God dwells in me fully, the overflow will use my lips to praise Him, and to be a source of great encouragement to people, those who know Him and need to be loved, and those who do not know the Lord, but need to know that He loves them in a perfect way.
So David begins the Psalm with “Help” and ends it with a sigh of relief, “O Lord, you will keep us safe.” This is the blessing of the Lord to the person who obeys that great promise in Psalm 37:4, “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this.”
“Thank you, Lord, for the rich reminders in your Word, for the way it describes so strongly and clearly even our own fears, our despair, our cries for ‘Help’. We praise you for your promise to keep us safe, in this day of danger and evil. Thank you for the privilege of knowing and loving you, Lord.”
I praise God for you, my friend. Have a wonderful day, in His care. Cheerio!