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Psalm 12 – Praying the Psalms Project

True friends are honest, they don’t just tell you what you want to hear.  

They speak truth – 

  • The truth about that bad hair cut
  •  The truth about that outfit your wearing that looks plain awful
  •  The truth when you make a bad decision
  •  The truth that steers you away from that wrong path you are heading down

Those who tell us truth, are to be treasured, for they are hard to find.

Psalm 12

Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;
    those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
Everyone lies to their neighbor;
    they flatter with their lips
    but harbor deception in their hearts.

May the Lord silence all flattering lips
    and every boastful tongue—
those who say,
    “By our tongues we will prevail;
    our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”

“Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan,
    I will now arise,” says the Lord.
    “I will protect them from those who malign them.”
And the words of the Lord are flawless,
    like silver purified in a crucible,
    like gold refined seven times.

You, Lord, will keep the needy safe
    and will protect us forever from the wicked,
who freely strut about
    when what is vile is honored by the human race.

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Father, help me to see clearly those in my life who are not faithful or loyal.

Remind me not to be lulled to sleep by flattering words, that are not true.

I know You can silence their lips, even though some think that they can talk their way out of anything.

Instead help me to seek out friends who speak truth, who do not tell me only what my itching ears want to hear.  

Lord, You rise and give Your protection to the poor and the needy.

You see them, hear them, protect them.

Your words, Lord, are flawless pure as refined silver and gold.

You keep those in need, safe.

Your protection lasts forever, even from the most wicked and vile, who seem to be honored by the human race.  – Amen

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