“Help, O Lord, for the godly are fast disappearing! The faithful have vanished from the earth!” – Psalm 12:1 (NLT)
As I read this Psalm, I can’t help but get the sense that David is speaking prophetically to the day and age in which we currently live. Yes, I am sure he was speaking of the “here and now” of his day, but the picture he paints with his words gives a clear picture of the current “here and now” that we find ourselves in. In a culture where godliness and faithfulness were the norm of everyday life, these two characteristics are now frowned upon by society. And because society wants nothing to do with these two attributes, the pressure causes many to turn away from them. Which, in turn, has bred a lack of teaching on what it means to live a godly life, one which is faithful to the Word of the Lord.
I love the way that the Passion Translation words this passage. It says it like this:
“Help, Lord! Save us! For godly ones are disappearing. Where are the dependable, principled ones? They’re a vanishing breed!”
Dependable and principled. Those who are established in the ways of the Lord. These are the translation of the Hebrew and Aramaic for faithful (see Strong’s Concordance H529). When you are established in something, you become principled in it. A way of life.
Those who are dependable and principled, established in the Word of God, they are few in the days that we find ourselves in. Not many are willing to truly step out and stand out in the world we live in. In these days like that of the days of Noah, not many are standing up and saying no to the sinful ways of the flesh.
But this should not surprise us. We should not be taken off guard by any of the events of these days, for we are told about their coming all throughout the Scriptures. And with them is the promise of the rising of the remnant, those who choose to remain faithful. Those who are rooted and established in the ways and the Word of the Lord. The godly ones. As the days grow darker and darker, the Lord will illuminate His holy ones. Just as He did with His people Israel when they were still in Egypt, He is wrapping His holy ones in a light that pierces into the darkness of the land. He will not leave His people to be overcome by darkness. This is a promise, one that is true and trustworthy! God is raising up His remnant, His faithful ones who are saying no to the spirit of the age. They are the Noahs of the hour. We are the ones to whom God is saying, “Build Me an ark, and I will use it to preserve My people!” A place, a people, where the glory of the Lord may dwell unhindered. Untainted. Kept pure and clean from the filth of the world. A place wrapped in the light of Heaven.
“You shall keep them, O Lord, You shall preserve them from this generation forever.” – Psalm 12:7 (NKJV)