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WHEN THE GODLY MAN CEASES

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DAVID'S PERCEPTION WAS THAT THE GODLY AND PIOUS MAN HAD INDEED PERISHED AND HAD GONE AWAY. NOT SO!

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Psalm 12 ESV
To the choirmaster: according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David. 1 Save, O Lord, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man. 2 Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak. 3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts, 4 those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?” 5 “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.” 6 The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times. 7 You, O Lord, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever. 8 On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the children of man.

1.) THE CHARACTER OF THE UNGODLY MAN (1-4)

A. They Lie

Psalm 12:2 ESV
2 Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
God Hates Lying
Proverbs 6:16–17 ESV
16 There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
Proverbs 12:22 ESV
22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.
Provers 6:16-17
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God judges those that lie
Provers 6:16-1
—Ananias & Sopphira
God judges those that lie
Lying is not allowed in the New Heaven
God judges those that lie
Revelation 21:27 ESV
27 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Lying is not allowed in the New Heaven
Lying is not allowed in the New Heaven

B. They Flatter

Psalm 12:2 ESV
2 Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
Flattery means “smooth talking.”

C. They are Hypocritical

Psalm 12:2 ESV
2 Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
James 3:8–10 ESV
8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.
James

D. They Defy God

Psalm 12:4 ESV
4 those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?”
The ungodly man may deny Christ now but one day his knee will bow
Philippians 2:10–15 ESV
10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
Philippians 2:11–15 ESV
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
David’s response here is to pray for God to bring judgement upon these that are ungodly
Psalm 12:4 ESV
4 those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?”
Psalm 12:3 ESV
3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts,
David then begins to contrast the ungodly man with God Himself, and reality, joy, and confidence settle in once again!

2.) THE CHARACTER OF GOD (5-7)

Psalm 12:5–7 ESV
5 “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.” 6 The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times. 7 You, O Lord, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever.

A. He Protects the Righteous Man

Psalm 12:5 ESV
5 “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.”
Ps 12:5
Psalm 12:7 ESV
7 You, O Lord, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever.

B. His words are pure words

Psalm 12:6 ESV
6 The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.

C. He preserves the righteous and His Word

Psalm 12:7 ESV
7 You, O Lord, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever.
There is a final reality check:
Psalm 12:8 ESV
8 On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the children of man.
This world can and will become very wicked, especially toward believers. God’s protection, purity, and preservation are what keep us encouraged in the midst of those things.
Godliness may seem to cease, but God always remains the same!
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