“Help, LORD; for the godly man ceases; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak. The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaks proud things: Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?” Psalm 12:1-4 (KJV)
Before we get too far into this study we might want and need to know who the “Children of men” are. They are those who have not been godly. They are those whose hearts are in the world and all that they can hold. They are those who would definitely need redemption if it is possible.
The saddest part of the above verses is that the “Faithful” have failed among the “Children of men”. We have failed to lift up holiness in the Lord. We have failed to be godly in our lives. We have failed to be witnesses of the saving power, and all the awesome power of Holy God.
The children of men speak vanity – useless, empty, evil, false things – which often cause strife and division. They have no heart for God, nor the things of God.
We hear of the heart from the words of Jesus, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21), and He spoke again and said, “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.” (Matthew 12:35). By this we can see that it matters greatly about our hearts.
Flattering lips and a double heart are usually within the heart of the same individual male or female. A double hearted person is probably lie the double minded individual of James 1:8; “unstable in all their ways”.
Pride in one’s own abilities, words, strength is a surefire way of falling away from doing what is godly, righteous and just.
The surefire way for us all to be good, godly, and righteous before Holy God is to come to Him the only way He has provided. If we try another way we only exalt ourselves over the Most High God, and are saying to Him, “I am right. You are wrong.”
He has provided only the way of the cross of Jesus His Son. Come by the cross, or you do not come at all.