A Look At The Times

Many people discount the Bible because they say it is not applicable to our current times.  Today I was reading in Psalm 12 and I could not help but think that the author could have written this yesterday instead of centuries ago.

Psalm 12:1,2,4 KJV

Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: [with] flattering lips [and] with a double heart do they speak…Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips [are] our own: who [is] lord over us?

This message is so timely that not only does it apply to us today but. . .in 1869 Charles Spurgeon said this in his commentary on the Psalms, The Treasury of David,

Ver. 1-2,4. Consider our markets, our fairs, our private contracts and bargains, our shops, our cellars, our weights, our measures, our promises, our protestations, our politic tricksand villainous Machiavelism, our enhancing of the prices of all commodities, and tell, whether the twelfth Psalm may not as fitly be applied to our times as to the days of the man of God; in which the feigning, and lying, and facing, and guile, and subtlety of men provoked the psalmist to cry out,  “Help, Lord; for there is not a godly man left: for the faithful are failed from among the children of men: they speak deceitfully every one with his neighbour, flattering with their lips, and speak with a double heart, which have said, With our tongue we will prevail; our lips are our own: who is Lord over us?”  R. Wolcombe, 1612.

I would have to agree with Mr. Wolcombe this could definitely be applied to our day and times.  It is, sadly, a rare thing to find an honest man, a man who is as good as his word no matter what it costs.  Being treated fairly in the marketplace is so unusual that we note it, and that place of business quickly becomes our favorite.

As we face rising fuel costs, which are driving every other price sky high, we can identify with businesses “enhancing the prices of all commodities.” 

This election year, which seems like it will never end, also portrays to us the truth of Mr. Wolcombe’s words about political tricks and villainous Machiavelism.  If anyone believes the end justifies the means it is our political candidates.

The Bible is every bit as relevant today as it was the day it was written; when we doubt its importance in our life, we just haven’t dug into it deep enough.

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