Psalm 12

Help, O Lord, for the godly are fast disappearing! The faithful have vanished from the earth! Neighbours lie to each other, speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts. May the Lord cut off their flattering lips and silence their boastful tongues. They say, “We will lie to our hearts’ content. Our lips are our own—who can stop us?” The Lord replies, “I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the poor. Now I will rise up to rescue them, as they have longed for me to do.” The Lord’s promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over. Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed, preserving them forever from this lying generation, even though the wicked strut about, and evil is praised throughout the land.

When was the last time you felt alone?  A sole believer in a sea of unbelieving hearts.  Do you feel that you are constantly going against the flow – wouldn’t it be so much easier just to go with the current?  Jesus is clear that following him isn’t the easy choice – it’s the narrow road and few find it, he says. 

For those of you that are teachers, you might find that you are one of only a very few in the staff room who would describe themselves as having a living relationship with Jesus.  Many of our young people find themselves the only Christian in their class group or even year.  It can be a lonely place to be and challenging to stay committed when you’re the only one. 

David could clearly identify with some of these feelings when he wrote this Psalm – beginning with a cry for help as he struggles to keep his head above the water of an ungodly generation.  He knows that God is faithful, a keeper of promises, a mighty rescuer.  And he knows that his only option is to hold tight to him!

Questions for thought and discussion…

  • What things help you hold on tight to God?
  • How can we help and support those young people who are the only Christian in their immediate world?