Safety in the Midst of Trouble

Psalm 12:1-8 (ESV)

Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man. Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak. May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts, those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?” “Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the LORD; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.” The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times. You, O LORD, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever. On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the children of man.

I wonder what would cause David to write a psalm like this one. It seems bleak and hopeless. Some commentators believe David did not write this. That it was written during the captivity in Babylon. Others believe it was when David was betrayed by Doeg and the Ziphites to Saul.

It is also believed by some that this psalm is prophetic about the end of days.

Whichever the case is, it is clear that the writer feels like the world has betrayed him, and the situation is hopeless. But it ends with a note of promise: “‘I will now arise’ says the Lord; ‘I will place him in the safety for which he longs.’”

Even when things look bleak, we can trust in God, the lover of our souls. For He did not abandon us to our sins, but sent His own Son, to ransom us from the penalty of our own sin. The wall of separation (the Temple Veil) was torn from top to bottom when Jesus died on the cross. When He uttered those final words, “It is finished!” and He died.

What a painful and glorious thing it is that my Savior paid for my sin. All I can do is to live in gratitude daily. I cannot earn God’s love, any more than any child can earn his parents’ love.

It always amazes me that people can be so blinded, that they don’t know or care that Jesus offers forgiveness and redemption. The Peace of God is so wonderful, it is hard to imagine or describe, but to know that we are under His protection as said in the psalm above, is awesome.

So let God place you in the safety for which you long. Let God know you are grateful today, and everyday. Let His love show through your actions so others will see your good works and give glory to God the Father. We should not seek accolades, but that others will see God in us. It is not about us. It is all about Him!

by Virgil Stripes

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