Psalm 12 – “Help Lord, Your Saints Come to an End”

by Timothy Shorey

“‘Help, Lord’ [is a] short but sweet, suggestive, seasonable, and serviceable prayer; a kind of angel’s sword… to be used on all occasions. [T]he word rendered ‘help’ is largely used for all manner of saving, helping, delivering, [and] preserving.…The Psalmist sees the extreme danger of his position, for a man had better be among lions than among liars… [So] he therefore turns himself to his all‐sufficient Helper, the Lord, whose help is never denied to his servants, and whose aid is enough for all their needs. ‘Help, Lord’ is a very useful ejaculation which we may dart up to heaven on occasions of emergency, whether in labor, learning, suffering, fighting, living, or dying.”  (C.H. Spurgeon)

Cardiphonia:* How our Lord must have felt the words of Psalm 12:1, 2! Everyone around him was speaking brazen lies, flattering words, and empty promises, so that in the end he was all alone. But God had made a promise to his Son—a promise of victory that would keep him from defeat. The words of God proved tried and true while all human words faded into air. In addition, the coming of Jesus was the ultimate expression of God arising to save the poor and all in need. So if you and I find ourselves assaulted by the lies and malice of others, let us remember that both the Psalmist, and, more importantly, Jesus, have been through it; and that in the end, God will arise in our behalf.

* A word coined by and borrowed from John Newton (meaning “sounds of the heart”). The Cardiphonia comments in the Shorey Psalter are my personal reflections on the Psalm.



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