The "crust" of the matter:
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Ps 12:1-2 A plea for help
The plea for help:
Lesson: To whom will we turn when we are in trouble if not the Lord? How often have we ourselves uttered the simple prayer: "Help Lord?" There are times when no other words will suffice. We utter them in times of labor, learning, suffering, fighting, living and dying.
Ps 12:1-2 Help, Lord; for the godly man
ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
Comments to munch on:
At times it may seem that the godly of this world are declining in number. We wonder, where are the moral majority, if there be such a thing? Death is a noble departure for the godly, but many conform to this world (Romans 12:2) and are entangled in the cares and entrapments of this world. There may be times when it seems that all have turned aside from following the Lord. It may seem that everyone is speaking falsehoods with his neighbor, flattering one another with their words while thinking evil toward them in their hearts.
1. In reference to verse 1, George Home once said: "When men cease to be faithful to God, no one should expect them to be faithful to one
another." Is this true? Discuss how honor to God and honesty toward our fellow men seem to decline together. Why is this true?
The promise of help:
Lesson: The remainder of the Psalm seems to be an affirmation of how David expects the Lord to respond .
Ps 12:3-5 The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us? 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.
1. Since our bodies belong to God (according to I Cor. 6:20), does that not include our tongues? Do we really have
the right, and liberty to say whatever vile or corrupt thing we wish to say with out consequence? (Cf., James 1:26-27, 3:2-16)
Ps 12:6-8 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.
Comments to munch on:
1. Contrast the word of God with the words of men. Men may with intent or out of ignorance misguide and misdirect, but the
scripture is always true. This is why we must continue to go back to the fount of scripture where the water is always clear and untainted by generations of manís
opinions and dogmas. (Cf., James 1:21-25).
2. Even if the wicked surround us and walk on every side of us, Godís people must rise above their generation as mountains rise above the clouds. Men and women of God must stand in purity, pointing toward heaven, even when the world around them seems focused only on themselves. Can the Lord help us today to rise above the selfishness and materialistic nature of our generation? Should we be asking for his help?
SLICE TWO: LIVING
1. We have a tendency to think that "bad times" are when the economy is failing, or when we are at war or facing natural disasters.
But God seems to be indicating that bad times are when the godly and faithful are declining in number, when men are dishonest and deceptive in their speech,
when the poor are oppressed and when vile men are lifted up to positions of leadership and esteem (see v. 8). Discuss the danger of thinking all is well when
the economy is well while the integrity and morality of our nation is declining. (If time permits read 2 Tim 3:1ff for a list of what God considers "bad or
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