Psalm 12

Save, O Lord, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man”.  David was a warrior and a fierce soldier; but we see in this chapter that he also had to deal with the battles of gossip and backbiting; of idle and deceptive talkers. David knew what it was like to feel all alone in this kind of battle, where it seemed that no one would speak up and defend him.  People are lying and flattering and speaking out of both sides of their mouths.  He isn’t surrounded by faithful folks at all.

The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times”.  This means that the Word of God can be trusted in every sense. It is good, pure, and tested thoroughly. We can trust that God has tested His own word; but it has also been tested by students, scientists, critics, and doubters through the centuries – and the Word of God still stands. It is like a mighty anvil that has worn out countless hammers that have pounded upon it.  God’s word never fails.

You, O Lord, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever”.  God has and will keep and preserve His Word.  This Book deserves the sacrifice of our all for the maintenance of every line of it.  There are no mistakes.  There are no chapters or verses that don’t matter.  God has given us His Word and it will be protected by Him for eternity.  As believers, it is our responsibility to know God’s word and to teach it to our children.  We are tasked with sharing God’s truth through His word.

The French atheist Voltaire made these claims openly. He once said, ‘In twenty years Christianity will be no more. My single hand shall destroy the edifice it took twelve apostles to rear.’ He wrote that in fifty years no one would remember Christianity. But in the year he wrote that, the British Museum paid the Russian government five hundred thousand dollars for a Bible manuscript while one of Voltaire’s books was selling in the London book stalls for just eight cents.” God’s Word will stand forever.

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