Psalm 12

Grand Canyon Through a Pine Tree

What is the most dangerous situation you have ever encountered? David wrote this psalm when he was fleeing for his life. King Saul was of a mind to kill him. The lyre was a string instrument used in ancient times.

God, a Helper against the Treacherous.

For the music director; upon an eight-stringed lyre. A Psalm of David.

Help, Lord, for the godly person has come to an end,
For the faithful have disappeared from the sons of mankind.
They speak lies to one another;
They speak with flattering lips and a double heart.
May the Lord cut off all flattering lips,
The tongue that speaks great things;
Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail;
Our lips are our own; who is lord over us?”
“Because of the devastation of the poor, because of the groaning of the needy,
Now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will put him in the safety for which he longs.”

Since King Saul was trying to kill him, David may have certainly felt a bit desperate as he called upon the Lord to protect him. We can see this towards the end of the psalm in verses 6-8.

The words of the Lord are pure words;
Like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, filtered seven times.
You, Lord, will keep them;
You will protect him from this generation forever.
The wicked strut about on every side
When vileness is exalted among the sons of mankind.

David felt solace and contentment as he trusted in the Lord. You can also find rest during dangerous times by trusting in Him. The Lord may or may not remove the danger/trial – we don’t know His precise plans or the exact purposes for His actions – but He will give you peace.

Have a wonderful week!

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