This Psalm opposes the lies and flattering of wicked men to the purity and preserving power of the Word of God.
- Psalms 12:1-2 – The godly and faithful are disappearing
- Psalms 12:3-4 – Their words are of flattering and rebellion
- Psalms 12:5 – The Lord’s promises to the oppressed
- Psalms 12:6-7 – The Word of God purifies and preserves forever
- Psalms 12:8 – The wicked trend will continue in this world
The Effect of Misuse of Words
David laments the disappearance of godly men. He connects this increasing trend of wickedness to what they say. They are misusing the divine gifts of language given by God.
This is what they do:
- speak vanities
- speak arrogantly, and
- rebel against authority
Understanding the Power of Words
Language is a powerful gift given to man by God, but what is powerful is also dangerous and can be easily misused.
- The serpent used words to deceive Eve (Genesis 3:4-5).
- We saw what happened at the Tower of Babel when God had to intervene by disrupting their use of language. (Genesis 11:4, 6-8)
- Proverbs tell us that in our tongues there is the power of life and death. We should be careful how we use it. (Proverbs 18:21)
- James also describes how our tongue can defile our whole body. It is like a wild animal that must be tamed. (Jam 3:5-8)
The Lord’s Intervention and Promise
The Lord is not indifferent to the oppression of the poor. To their evil word, He opposes Hid Word to protect those who call for help. (Psalms 107:20)
The Word of God is pure. It does not lie and shows us the truth. It will protect the godly who call on Him for all generations. As they will hear and receive the Word, they will know the truth and it will protect them from the lies and deceptions of the wicked. (Psalm 12:5-7) It will enable them to discern the truth (Hebrews 4:12)
By studying, knowing and meditating on the Word of God, we have the spiritual food we need to grow and become His holy people. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
The wicked will continue because they believe their own lies, but God has promised that the godly shall be safe.
The Prophetic Interpretation of this Psalm
We can interpret God’s promise for protection and safety in two ways, and both are true.
The first interpretation is giving to the Lord’s promise the literal meaning as presented above.
However, Psalms 12:5-7 can be interpreted as a prophecy of the coming of the Messiah. John 1:1 tells us that Jesus is the Word made flesh. In a way, the promise of God was fully manifested by sending Jesus, who is the truth, the way and the life (John 14:16). In Him, we have safety from all the lies and attacks of the deceiver.
Prayer of Faith
Thank you Father for your promise! My faith in Jesus has removed my sins and made me righteous. It has opened my eyes and made me able to know the truth. It has made me free.
In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!
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