Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: Psalm 10-12; Acts 19:1-20
12 Help, Lord, because the godly are all gone;
the faithful have completely disappeared
from the human race!
2 Everyone tells lies to everyone else;
they talk with slick speech and divided hearts.
3 Let the Lord cut off all slick-talking lips
and every tongue that brags and brags,
4 that says, “We’re unbeatable with our tongues!
Who could get the best of us with lips like ours?”
5 But the Lord says,
“Because the poor are oppressed,
because of the groans of the needy,
I’m now standing up.
I will provide the help they are gasping for.”
6 The Lord’s promises are pure,
like silver that’s been refined in an oven,
purified seven times over!
7 You, Lord, will keep us,
protecting us from this generation forever.
8 The wicked roam all over the place,
while depravity is praised by human beings.
Psalm 12:1-8, Common English Bible
We often hear talk these days that the ungodly have taken over our society. At times, we are at least a little bit right in our thinking. When we watch the evening news there is plenty of reason for us to think that is true. From those who want to remove the Ten Commandments from county courthouses all over the country to those who invade our schools and commit crimes that are so heinous we don’t even want to think about them, it is a short trip to think God isn’t around because the ungodly have taken over.
We can see from our lesson today that the thoughts of the ungodly being in control are nothing new. King David, who is credited with writing Psalm 12, is asking God for help because the godly are gone. Faithful people have disappeared. Everybody lies to everybody. Perhaps David was speaking to our time.
David does tell us of God’s good news. “But the Lord says, ‘Because the poor are oppressed, because of the groans of the needy, I’m now standing up. I will provide the help they are gasping for.’ The Lord’s promises are pure, like silver that’s been refined in an oven, purified seven times over!”
I can’t help but think David isn’t speaking of the literal poor and oppressed. If that were the case David himself would have been in trouble. David, as King of Israel, would have been one of the most wealthy in all the land. Could David be speaking of the poor in Spirit? Was David speaking those who are oppressed in Spirit? So much of the Bible uses these terms. And, yes, the Bible does speak of those who are monetarily poor and those who are politically oppressed. Still, it is difficult to imagine the King would feel this was him. But, David tells us God promises to bring help and that God’s promises are pure.
The good news of these words is as great today as they were in David’s day. How do we know? We can have faith that God will fulfill the promises made to us because we can look at history, from Scripture and at various times since, and see that God delivers on the things God promises. That seems to me to be pretty good news all by itself.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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