Psalms 12




The Bible says in Psalms 12:1 “To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David. Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.” There is no one in this world that does not ever need help in life. Of course, spiritually we all need help. The word “help” means to rescue, to deliver and to give victory. The word “help” is even translated “Saviour.” Isaiah 60:16, “Thou shalt know that I the LORD am Thy Saviour and Thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob


The greatest Help that God has given man is through the Saviour Jesus. By fulfilling the law and then paying the debt that we owe for sin and by being judged for our sins on the cross of Calvary, Jesus became the great help. Without such help there would be no hope at all past this life because eternity would only mean fire and brimstone because of our sins. God is in the business of helping people. Therefore, He is going to give you help whenever you ask for it. There are many reasons that we need help from God. But Psalms chapter 12 speaks about one reason in particular: a lack of righteous men. The fewer people in this world there are that trust in Jesus and strive to do the right thing, the more you are going to need help from God: to do the right thing yourself. People influence each other. The more unrighteous influences around your life, the greater will be the pressures and the temptations, and the more help you will need from God.


That is Why Psalms chapter 1 says, “Blessed is the man that walks not in the council of the ungodly nor stands in the way of sinners.” One of the reasons that this is especially true is because there are many who start serving Jesus but then stop. To start something but then stop in the middle of a work is a complete and utter waste.  An Olympic athlete does not stop in the middle of a race and quit. What if there was a fire and the firemen showed up, but in the middle of putting out the fire they quit? The building would still burn down. Jesus said in Luke 9:62, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God


Jesus also gave the parable of the sower and the seed, and He said in Luke 8:5-8, “A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns: and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold.” Luke 8:11-14, “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in the time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection


The word “ceaseth” which is used here in Psalms 12 is used elsewhere in the Bible to mean “performeth” and “perfect:” meaning to complete or come to an end. Psalms 57:2 says, “I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.” Psalms 138:8 says, “The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me, thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” How opposite men are to the way God is. Where men cease and fail, God never does. That is how we know that Jesus is God. No man on this earth could have fulfilled the law except Jesus because He is God. His life is the example of what a man’s life should be. He never ceased and He never failed. Therefore, when He hung on the cross, He was able to say concerning the will of God, “It is finished” (John 19:30).


The amount of damage that is caused when men, who start serving God, cease and fail is hard to imagine. The formula for success is really very simple because we know that God performs and perfects. You are going to fail, but what will keep you from ceasing is failing to keep your sins confessed. First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins then He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” When it comes to serving God the only failure that is a true failure is not failure itself but rather the failure to repent and try again. That is why a man should not be measured by his failure but by his faith. It is not how many big things you appear to be doing for God that counts, but how consistent you are. Jesus said, “He that is faithful in little is faithful in muchSometimes the Christian life seems like a long, long journey. In reality it is but a short sprint. How many souls that lay chained in darkness and dependent upon you not ceasing, only God knows. If you fail, repent, but do not cease; and in the end you will have won the victory.


Psalms 12:2-5, “They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak. The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: Who hath 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 himThere is a saying, the pen is mightier than the sword. Words have power, influence, and effect. You can either use the words that you say and that you write to accomplish good things, or you can use the words that you say to accomplish selfish things. Any time you speak, you are exerting influence and power even if you don’t intend to. Such is the nature of speech.  Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. But sometimes men will say one thing, even good things, but in their heart they will be purposed for evil. In fact this is how some of the most evil, murderous, power hungry men in the world have gained their power over entire nations; simply by the words that they say.


Jesus said that one of the greatest commandments is to love thy neighbor as thyself. Certainly you should not use the words that you say to oppress, take advantage of, manipulate, or even to get revenge on your fellow man. Of course we have failed at times at saying the right thing. But the real problem is not that men fail, but that there are too many who purpose in their hearts and think that with their tongue they will prevail.  In other words it is just another way of men rebelling against God. By using their words they attempt to destroy the truth.  That is why you find governments and schools attempting to use both written and spoken words to influence and to change what people think from the time they are children; so that they can prevail against God and against the truth over the earth. They have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; our lips are our own: who is Lord over us?” But they are wrong. They will not prevail against God. Man is but dust. He cannot defeat the Eternal Almighty God. Our lips are not our own because Jesus is Lord. 


Genesis 7:18 says, “And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.” The only one who is going to prevail is God himself.  Zechariah 10:12, “And I will strengthen them in the LORD; and they shall walk up and down in His name, saith the LORD.” In this verse the word “prevail” is translated “strengthen.”   It is true that words have power and influence. God made it that way. But the words of man cannot prevail. They are not powerful enough. There are no words more powerful than the words of God. These are the words that will prevail: these are the words that will endure generation after generation. And these are the words that will strengthen those among men who hide them in their hearts. No other words, certainly not the words of men, can take their place.


This is why the very next verses go on to say in Psalms 12:6-7, “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.” Notice the two things these verses say about God’s Word: they are pure words and God will preserve them forever. The word that is used here for pure can mean morally clean. It is the same word used in reference to the pure gold used in the making of the Ark of the Covenant.     


We also know that the number seven is used in the Bible to symbolize perfection. God created the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th.  The Words of the Lord are pure words. They are clean words. They are perfect words. There are no errors in them. God does not make mistakes. He is Holy. God said here that He will preserve them. And we know that God always does what He says. Jesus said in Luke 21:33, “Heaven and earth shall pass away but my words shall not pass away


 In the previous Psalm, Psalms 11:3, we read the verse that says, “If the foundations be destroyed what can the righteous do.” Jesus is the cornerstone of the foundation. And the Word of God is the rest of the foundation. There will always be countless attacks against the foundation because if the foundation is destroyed, what can the righteous do? The wicked have bent their bow and they will attack your foundation. They believe that they can prevail with their tongue, and so they will use their words, both the verbal and the written, to teach, to indoctrinate, to brainwash and to deceive people concerning the truth. They will deny the divinity of Jesus. And they will deny the purity of God’s Word. There are thousands and thousands of lies given to history and written with pen to attempt to deceive people regarding these truths. But for all the false Christ’s and for all the false documents, there is only one Jesus and one Bible.


 At the root of every false religion in the world you will find there is a denial of the deity of Christ and the purity of the Word of God. It comes in many shapes and forms but it is all the same thing: an attack on the foundation of the righteous. God’s Words are pure and He is going to preserve them. The preservation of God’s Word is not dependent on man but on Him. Just as salvation is dependent on us trusting in what Jesus has done for us. You cannot lose your salvation once you have turned from your sins and turned to Jesus. Eternal security applies to both God’s children and His Word. God’s Word is as eternal as He is. If you begin to doubt this then you just might begin to doubt anything, even your own salvation. To be pure is to be clean. To be clean is to be without error. To be without error is to be holy and perfect. “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 tongue of man will not prevail. But the words of God will because they are pure and they endure forever.


Psalm 12:8, “The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.” To be exalted means to be praised. It can also mean to be given a position of power over something. Genesis 14:22 says, “And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth.” Here the word “exalted” is translated “lift up.” Who do you praise? Who is your role model? Whom do you allow to have authority and influence over you in your life? Abraham exalted God. More specifically He exalted the LORD, that is to say, Jehovah who is Jesus. Who should be exalted? Jesus should be. Any time men are exalted there is a great danger because men are sinful and imperfect. How is it that men come to power? Other men give them that power.


In reading verse 8 of Psalms chapter 12, we should come to realize the importance of praying for those who are in positions of leadership and also of praying that God will lift up godly men to positions of exaltation. The more that evil men are exalted or have authority the greater will be the influence of wickedness upon any society or individual. Beware of the wolves in sheep’s clothing. Sometimes it can be very hard to tell the difference. But one thing is for sure, they will be people who think that with their own tongues they can prevail. They will not be people who understand or value the pure words of the Lord which endure from generation to generation.


Perhaps one of the reasons there are too often rulers in government is because the Christians do not pray enough for the leaders. First Timothy 2:1-3, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.” How often do you pray for those who are your leaders? “The wicked walk on every side when the vilest men are exalted


In the end whose words shall prevail? The pure words of the Lord which are as silver tried in a furnace of earth purified seven times. Who should be exalted? Jesus should be exalted because He is the Christ; both the Saviour of this world and the one who is our righteousness.






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