Psalm 12 – The words of the LORD are pure words,

My teaching notes for Wednesday, July 21st. I am currently teaching through the book of Psalms.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the teaching.

Resources utilized for preparation and study:

  • Psalms Vol. 1.The NIV Application Commentary, Gerald H. Wilson.
  • Psalms. Vol. 5. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Tremper Longman III and David Garland.

Psalm 12

Intro Thoughts

  • A plea for deliverance
  • The untruths of the world against the righteous
  • The lies coming from “flattering lips” compared to the truth of God’s Word

The Prayer for Help – vv. 1-4

Save O Lord

  • The first word is HELP

The godly one is gone..Faithful have vanished

  • The thickness of the wickedness.  A feeling of being on an island of truth.
  • Does anyone not see what I see?

Utters lies… Flattering lips

  • The focus on the deception and lies.
  • Untruths and twisting truth
  • Literally means “smooth talker.”  The words appeal to the listening world
  • Remember a couple of weeks ago in 2 Tim. “itching ears”

Double hearted

  • The heart is the reason their words are untrue “heart issue”
  • The mouth is an overflow of the heart
  • Points to the idea they really do not actually believe what they are say.  (Our world today is a perfect example)

May the Lord cut off

  • Seeking deliverance.
  • A harsh request.  Tired of the lies of the world.

Those that say they will prevail

  • Wicked think they will win

Who is master over us?

  • The idols of the heart.
  • They think they are their own god
  • Denying the rule and reign of God over their life

God’s Response – v. 5


  • He sees the wicked
  • He understands the condition of the righteous

I will now rise

  • The King rising form His throne to cast judgment
  • Remember Ps. 9-11
  • Pay day someday. Many times, it is not as soon as we wish.
  • We must trust in God’s perfect time.

I will place in safety

  • The protection of the Great Shepherd (rod and staff)
  • Circumstances may not SEEM to change, but our perspective on them will

A New Found Confidence – vv. 6-8

The Words of the Lord are pure words. You will keep them

  • True, right, holy!
  • Sufficient…Enough
  • Psalm 119, Psalm 19

You will guard us from this generation forever

  • What reassuring words.  HIS FOREVER
  • Never leaves us or forsakes us. Heb. 13:5
  • His purpose and His plan is always best… ours is not

On every side the wicked prowl

  • A great reminder of the fallenness of the World we live in
  • He will keep us forever, yet we still live in a fallen world

Leave a Reply