Monday, August 22, 2011

PSALM 12

The following is based on the April 17, 2011 entry in the "Encounter With God" daily devotional.

"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 flattering lips with a double heart do they speak"

Look for specific examples where disloyalty, unfaithfulness, lies and deception are present around you.

The reality is the whole society is completely turned away from the ways of God, not just personally but also nationally. On a national level, we have turned away from the law of God. Do we apply God's judgments for murderers, rapists, homosexuals and the like? Do we do what God told us to do with witches, fortune tellers and psychics? Do we let the land rest every seven years? Do we cancel debts every seven years? Do we redeem the land every fifty years?

"the Lord shall cut off all flattering lips the tongue that speaketh proud things who have said with our tongue will we prevail our lips our own who is lord over us"

Pretty much all politicians and most famous people have these characteristics. Many Christians also struggle with these things.

I will pray for the more noteworthy people that have these traits, but not in the way I think the authors wanted me to.

"for the oppression of the poor for the sighing of the needy now will I arise saith the Lord I will set in safety puffeth at him the words of the Lord pure words silver tried in a furnace of earth purified seven times"

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. The arrogant will be brought low. The poor will have justice and be freed from their oppression.

"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"

We need to pray for protection for all parts of our lives. I don't think we can discern people's words and actions without being "judgmental" as the author puts it. We need to judge righteously and pray that God deals with people as He has said he will deal with them.

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