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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 12

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The First Book of Psalms (c 1-41)
Message: Man's Words Versus God's Words (v 1-8)

Psalms 12 Commentary

(12:1) We Are Never Alone - Living for God in a deceitful world can be difficult and lonely. At one time the great prophet Elijah felt so lonely he wanted to die. But God told him that 7.000 other faithful servants were still in Israel (1 Kings 19:4, 14,18). We are never alone in our battle against evil. When you feel alone, seek out other believers for strength and support.

(12:2-4) Lies Are Sin - We may be tempted to believe that some lies are relatively harmless, and even useful at times. But God does not overlook lies, flattery, deception, or boasting. Each of these sins originates from a bad attitude that will eventually be expressed in our speech. The tongue can be our greatest enemy because, though small, it can do great damage (James 3:5-6). Be careful how you use yours.

(12:5-7) God Cares for the Poor - God cares for the poor and those who are in need. He promises to rescue the downtrodden and confront their oppressors. We should identify with God's attitude. His work is not done until we care for the needs of the poor.

(12:6) Sincerity and Truth - Sincerity and truth are extremely valuable because they are so rare. Many people are deceivers, liars, and flatterers. They think they will get what they want by deception. As a king, David certainly faced his share of such people, who hoped to win his favor and gain advancement through flattery. When we feel as though sincerity and truth have nearly gone out of existence, we have one hope--the Word of God. God's Word is as pure and flawless as refined silver. So listen carefully when he speaks to you through his Word.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Our Instruction

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalm with Chapter 12. In our text today, we see a theme of the proud and lying words of men versus the true and pure words of God. In making applications, we see a call for protection against those who try to manipulate us. In today's world, lying is commonplace. Almost everyone is trying to manipulate others by any means necessary. For the Christian, we must cling to the Word of our Lord through the pages of the Bible to gain direction and strength. His Words are pure and are not tainted like the words of others and the world. In a world where we need direction and everyone is giving us their manipulative advice, we can rest and trust the instruction from the Bible. How about you? Are you confused by all the false instructions of the World? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that in a world with so much false instruction, we have our true instruction from God that comes from the Pages of the Bible. 


Psalm 12

Psalm 12

 1Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

 2They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

 3The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:

 4Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?

 5For 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 him.

 6The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

 7Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

 8The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.