They speak vanity, every one with his neighbor.
With flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
The Lord will cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaks proud things:
who has said, “With our lips we will prevail,” “Our lips are our own,” “Who is Lord over us?”.
Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases, for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
“For the oppression of the poor, and the sighing of the needy, now will I arise,” says the Lord.
“I will set him in safety from those that puff at him.”
The words of the Lord are pure words; pure as silver that's tried in the furnace of earth: purified seven times.
You keep them, Lord. You preserve them from this generation forever.
The wicked walk on every side when the vilest of men are exalted.
Psalm 12 terrifies me. I see it every day, in myself, in others around me, in the religious establishment that people look to for their moral bearing. The faithful fail from among the children of men.
I guess that idea needs a little explaining.
At first glance, it reads like the sports news of a club on a losing streak: the faithful fall away, all the supporters are leaving the stands. But, the “aman” (the faithful) aren't the fans who show every week-end for the game. The faithful, in this context, are more like the experienced coaches: the leaders who the team relies on for support, encouragement, training and confidence.
Why has the godly wisdom abandoned, literally been expunged from the community? It is because they, “the children of men”, speak evil (translated vanity) and hold no moral control over their words. They've rejected God and any authority greater than their own.
Often, people say to me, “you keep your Sabbath your way, and I'll keep my Sabbath mine. But, God hasn't instructed us to keep our own idea of Sabbath. He says, over a dozen times, “My sabbaths you shall keep,”: not yours, not mine, but His.
Okay, sure, this is another Sabbath thing; but only in that it is an example of how we (both they and I) choose to live according to our own definition of obedience, our own standard of righteousness, our own moral code, rather than learn from, follow, the saints of old. The godly man ceases. The faithful fail from among the children of men... because we have rejected their wisdom and gone our own way.
“I'm as smart as they are,” I muse to myself, and exalt myself as a teacher of the Word of God. But, this is the “doctrine of the Nicolaitans,” that Messiah condemned so strongly in Revelation 2:14-15, that I am free to do whatever seems right in my own eyes.
So, it's not just another Sabbath thing. It's just a pride thing, and whatever it is that I or you or we are exalting ourselves in, according to our own conviction, becomes caustic against the faithful: against those who would draw us closer in our walk with Christ.
We need you.
We have lost our way.
We have, together, become worthless and self-willed.
Return us to You, by Your Spirit, and according to Your grace,
Because we have gone our own way.