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?”

(Psalm 12:1-4)

As the foundations of society are destroyed, those who choose to ignore God present themselves as prosperous and as proof that God is not needed in the lives of everyday man.  Echoing the beginning of Psalm 11, Psalm 12 posits the disappearance of the faithful from among society. Everyone utters lies: we see this in our liberal media personalities, its the idea of empty and false words; an insincere testimony. With flattering lips: people today wrongly motivate one another through flattery. These smooth talkers are intent on moving the masses for corrupt reasons; a step beyond a mere lie. A double heart: Literally a person who speaks with a heart and a heart. Enter the politicians who through flattery and empty words speak to gain support from both sides of the isle. They use key words and phrases which say one thing yet they mean something completely different. Which leads to great boasts: if these people lie, flatter, and speak with a double heart who will hold them responsible; “With our tongue we will prevail our lips are with us; who is master over us?” It is clear from their own lips that they are self-centered and have no need of God in their lives.

However, their grandiose facade is just that, a practical outpouring of a sinful heart desperately in need of the truth:

“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.

(Psalm 12:5-8)

In stark contrast, God’s words are pure and lack deception; someone to place my trust in.

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