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REFLECTION: Where are the Godly?

Psalm 12 has a timely message for us…..

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Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.   (Psalm 12:1)






Very often the Psalms can express how we feel — and, at the same time, bring a timely word of encouragement to our hearts! David, the author of more psalms than any other, and the writer of this particular psalm, could indeed have felt at one with many of God’s people today. The godless society that he knew only too well was very much like the world in which we live. David, like us, was deeply concerned by the state of affairs. He felt anything but “at home” with the enemies of the Lord.




The speech of those around him did not go unnoticed. He could detect vanity — the empty words of an idol-worshipping people. He was familiar with the “doublespeak” that politicians use today to make the truth sound more palatable. Carefully chosen words can disguise and distort the truth, or can actually reverse the meaning of a statement. The flattering lips that he heard often revealed the thinking of a double heart (v.2). Men spoke proud things and refused authority. Freedom of speech ruled the day. “We will say what we want,” they boasted, “and nobody shall silence us” (v.3-4). All this sounds very familiar indeed as we think of blasphemous remarks that are broadcast in the media and of the arrogant rants of wicked men.




Paul’s summary of the godless In Romans 3 ends with the bold statement that there is no fear of God before their eyes (Rom.3:18). We are constantly made aware of this fact today. The “fear of God” has generally vanished from society in Western Europe. But David knew that God was still on the throne and would eventually act on behalf of His suffering people. Those who dare defy the Living God will face His awesome judgment and be cut off by Him in His wrath (v.3). The day will dawn when the Lord will “arise” from His throne (v.5) and deal righteously with those who have dared to flaunt His authority. That day may be nearer than we think. Current trends indicate that we are rapidly approaching the moment when the Lord Jesus Christ will return to this world.


Our Saviour once asked the question, “When the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). The answer implied is No. The New Testament gives us no ground to expect that the Messiah will return to a world that will eagerly receive Him. We must not imagine great revivals taking place, preparing the way for Christ to set up His kingdom in a world that has become increasingly ready to welcome Him. Far from it! When He returns, it will be to a world in turmoil — seething in its hatred of the Almighty. His coming will be to deal in judgment with His enemies and to restore order and righteousness.




Where are the godly people today? All too often those who hold to the truths of Scripture and seek to please God by living holy lives feel that they are a weak, intimidated minority. The world is becoming an increasingly unfriendly place for the child of God. Added to that, many who use a “Christian” label nowadays know nothing of the Christ of Calvary. Their lives blatantly deny Him. The “Jesus” they talk about seems to be different from the Son of God revealed in Holy Scripture. He appears to be some kind of “cult figure” — rather like a hero.


As we see the ranks of faith growing thinner, we may well cry, “Help, Lord!” But if we feel despondent, let us remember that God will help His children. We are not left to stand alone. Never forget, too, that one person, with God, is a majority.




Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.  


Psalm 12:1