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Psalm 12

September 9, 2018
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Psalm 12
preached by
Pastor Jon Needham

This sermon is part of an ongoing series on the Psalms.

Sermon text

Psalm 12

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.

Applying the text

  1. How have you been significantly affected by the words of others? How have your words impacted others in significant ways?
  2. How does the Psalmist describe the words of the children of men?  In what ways have your own words fit this description?
  3. How does the Psalmist describe the words of the LORD?  How does this encourage you trust more in God?
  4. In verses 7 and 8, the Psalmist presents us with a paradox.  How does paradox help us to understand what a life of faith and obedience looks like in a broken and fallen world?

Jon Needham is the lead pastor and founding pastor of Coram Deo Church. He and his wife live in Bremerton with their three kids. He loves spending time with his family and riding motorcycles.

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