Verse 1 – Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.
Does it ever feel like that you are the only one striving to do what’s right among the people you know? Elijah felt the same way. After Elijah had destroyed all the false prophets of Ahab and Jezebel, Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah and told him she was going to do to him what he had done to her prophets. Elijah ran into the wilderness and had himself a pity-party. Elijah told God that he was the only one left that was zealous for Him (1 Kings 19:4; 14; 18). But God told him there were 7,000 other faithful servants. God has faithful servants all around us. When you feel like you are by yourself, seek those out that can encourage and help to strengthen you.
Verse 2 – They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
People always give away their true motives by their speech. In Matthew 12:34, Jesus was talking to the Pharisees in the temple and said this: “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
Verse 3 – May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaks proud things,
Verse 4 – Who has said, “With our tongue we will prevail; our lips are our own; who is Lord over us?”
God does not overlook lies, deception, or evil boasting. Our own tongue can become our worst enemy and cause great harm to others. We can use our speech for either blessings or cursing; thanksgiving or revenge; life or death.
Verse 5 – “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.”
God’s intention is for His children to take care of the needs of the poor.
Verse 6 – The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Seven is the number of completion. Our faith will not be tested only once, but over and over throughout our lives. Whether we have to be tried or tested again in that area, is entirely up to us.
Verse 7 – You shall keep them O Lord, You shall preserve them from this generation forever,
Verse 8 – The wicked prowl on every side, when vileness is exalted among the sons of men.
Yahweh protects His own, but the wicked wander about aimlessly. The Hebrew word translated “wander” is a common word for walk, but here, it expresses the idea of walking back and forth; going through life with no sense of purpose.