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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Psalms 12 Plea For Help In Evil Times



Plea for Help in Evil Times

1Help, O Lord, for there is no longer anyone who is godly; the faithful have disappeared from humankind. 2They utter lies to each other; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak. 3May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts, 4those who say, “With our tongues we will prevail; our lips are our own—who is our master?” 5“Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan, I will now rise up,” says the Lord; “I will place them in the safety for which they long.” 6The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure,

A David Psalm (The message)
 1-2 Quick, God, I need your helping hand! The last decent person just went down,     All the friends I depended on gone.    Everyone talks in lie language;    Lies slide off their oily lips.    They doubletalk with forked tongues.
 3-4 Slice their lips off their faces! Pull    The braggart tongues from their mouths!    I'm tired of hearing, "We can talk anyone into anything!    Our lips manage the world."  5 Into the hovels of the poor,    Into the dark streets where the homeless groan, God speaks:    "I've had enough; I'm on my way    To heal the ache in the heart of the wretched."  6-8 God's words are pure words,    Pure silver words refined seven times    In the fires of his word-kiln,    Pure on earth as well as in heaven.    God, keep us safe from their lies,    From the wicked who stalk us with lies,    From the wicked who collect honors    For their wonderful lies.

1 Help, LORD, for (A)the godly man ceases to be, For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. 2 They (B)speak [b]falsehood to one another; With (C)flattering [c]lips and with a double heart they speak. 3 May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, The tongue that (D)speaks great things; 4 Who (E)have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are [d]our own; who is lord over us?” 5 “Because of the (F)devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now (G)I will arise,” says the LORD; “I will (H)set him in the safety for which he longs.”  6 The (I)words of the LORD are pure words;
As silver (J)tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times. 7 You, O LORD, will keep them;
You will (K)preserve him from this generation forever. 8 The (L)wicked strut about on every side
When [e](M)vileness is exalted among the sons of men.
a.       Psalm 12:1 Or according to a lower octave (Heb Sheminith)
b.      Psalm 12:2 Or emptiness
c.       Psalm 12:2 Lit lip
d.      Psalm 12:4 Lit with us
e.       Psalm 12:8 Or worthlessness
Cross references:
B.      Psalm 12:2 : Ps 10:7; 41:6
E.      Psalm 12:4 : Ps 73:8, 9
F.      Psalm 12:5 : Ps 9:9; 10:18
G.     Psalm 12:5 : Is 33:10
J.       Psalm 12:6 : Prov 30:5
L.      Psalm 12:8 : Ps 55:10, 11
M.     Psalm 12:8 : Is 32:5