October 16

Psalm 12

“Help, O Lord, for there is no longer anyone who is godly; the faithful have disappeared from humankind. They utter lies to each other; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.” vss. 1-2

It’s hard to overestimate the gifts that the various psalmists have given us. They write from a variety of experiences and their words are a treasure trove for our reflection and meditation. Sometimes their laments seem so current that it’s hard to believe they were written 2500 years ago–it’s as though they’ve been reading our daily newspaper or watching the evening news. Today our psalmist has had enough of the lies and untruths that had permeated his world. Like us he’d come to a point where he had doubts about human nature and he lets the Lord know about it. We too see people fighting for position and power and many of us wonder where all the godly folks have gone–especially when religious leaders have joined the fray. Lying has become ubiquitous, flattery and demagoguery have won the day, and truth has been trampled. Unfortunately our psalmist doesn’t have a solution for us–but he does trust that his lament will be heard and that God will save us from the wretchedness. Perhaps it’s enough for us to continue to live with that hope–there’s not much else to do! And on our good days we know that the godly have not disappeared. There still are those who speak the truth and one day their words and actions will prevail.

Thought for the Day: Who do I trust to tell the truth?

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