1 Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
3 The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:
4 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?
5 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 him.
6 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
7 Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.
This Psalm is one of reassurance of comfort in times of trouble when people come against or speak out against you wrongly. It brings to mind and somewhat mirrors James 3, in that, the tongue can get you in a world of trouble when it is unchecked. Those who come against Godís people provoke His wrath even though in their pride, they deceive themselves to think they can get away with it. The times this happens should be reminders for us on how our speech should be.
Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
The final verse is a picture of what goes on, particularly in the US today. The wicked go about doing their thing seemingly carefree when wickedness is lifted up and accepted as a proper way of life. The perverted sexual lifestyles that are being accepted as ok, drug usage, adultery, fornication, cursing, the rise of atheism and false religions, etc all show a nation that has chosen to believe what is wrong, now is right. We find examples of such with Israel all over the Old Testament as a warning. Though life seems to go on without any rebuke from god, He does not forget, and will punish on His timing. We can trust what He says, as verse 6 tells us.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2 Samuel 22:31
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
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