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Sermon on Psalm Twelve

Sermon on Psalm Twelve

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SERMON ON PSALM TWELVE

BY W. J. STRACEY

Help my Lord for there is not one godly man left: for the faithful
are vanished from among the children of men. They talk of vanity
every one with his neighbour: they do but flatter with their lips,
and dissemble in their double heart. But the Lord. shall root out all
deceitful lipSj and the tongue that speaketh proud things,

Psalm xiu 1-3.

SERMON ON PSALM TWELVE

BY W. J. STRACEY

Help my Lord for there is not one godly man left: for the faithful
are vanished from among the children of men. They talk of vanity
every one with his neighbour: they do but flatter with their lips,
and dissemble in their double heart. But the Lord. shall root out all
deceitful lipSj and the tongue that speaketh proud things,

Psalm xiu 1-3.

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SERMO O PSALM TWELVEBY W. J. STRACEYHelp my Lord for there is not one godly man left: for the faithfulare vanished from among the children of men. They talk of vanityevery one with his neighbour: they do but flatter with their lips,and dissemble in their double heart. But the Lord. shall root out alldeceitful lipSj and the tongue that speaketh proud things,Psalm xiu 1-3.THIS psalm appears to have as one of its chief objects to aflford consolation to those weak in faith,who are tempted to fall away in times of trouble andungodliness. There have been continually periods inthe world when true religion has seemed almost to failfrom the earth ; the saints of God seem few in number,and almost to have perished from amongst men; andthen love grows cold, as iniquity abounds. We all wellknow the history of the prophet Elijah. Few charactersmore strike upon our attention than his — his hard life,and rough clothing, and scant food, but his boldness andfaith in rebuking Ahab and Jezebel when they had ledalmost the whole people to renounce Grod. There wasa time when he seemed quite alone : all Israel seemedto have renounced God, and followed Baal. And at all100 PSALM XII.periods many persons are apt to think that what ispopular in the world, and attracts people to it, and soon, must be right simply on that account. In general,however, it is exactly the reverse with true religion.Elijah felt himself to be alone in the world — he alonefollowing God when all else had forsaken Him. " Lord,"he exclaimed, " I am left alone ; and they seek my lifeto take it away." "I only am left a prophet of the
 
Lord ; but BaaFs prophets are four hundred and fiftymen." But God revealed to him this great source of comfort: "I have reserved to myself seven thousandmen who have not bowed the knee* to the image of BaaL" Thus we see that Elijah spake almost as thepsalmist in this psalm; but received the great conso-lation which it holds out to all who continue faithful toGod, whatever discouragements and temptations maysurround them. Here David says : " Help me, Lord,for there is not one godly man left; for the faithfulare minished from among the children of men." Butthen comes the promise : " The Lord shall root out alldeceitful lips, and the tongue that speaketh proudthings." And again : " ow for the comfortless troubles*sake of the needy, and because of the deep sighing of the poor, I will up, saith the Lord, and will help everyone from him that swelleth against him, and will sethim at rest. Thou shalt keep them, Lord : thou shaltpreserve them from this generation for ever." Thereseems to be then two things especially brought to ourSEEDS SOW BY THE WID. lOIminds in this psalm; one is God's sore and sure judg-ment upon men for the sinful words they utter; theother the special consolation which He will afford to allwho remain faithful under some prevailing temptationwhich carries away most people with it, and threatensto draw us away from what is right, and true, and holy,and just. First, then, "The Lord will root out alldeceitful lips, and the tongue that speaketh proudthings." Our Lord Himself tells us that one veryspecial part of the enquiry at the last day will berespecting every man's words.How little, brethren, do m^ny of us ever think of thewords we utter. They pass from our lips into the air,and their sound is soon lost, and their echo dies away
 
in a moment. But very seldom is it so in their effects.They come forth from our hearts ; for it is " out of theabundance of the heart that the mouth speaketh ;" andthey pass not only into the air, but continually into thehearts and minds of others. And then they act in thesouls of others like the light downy seed of the thistle,which the wind blows from one field to another, thereto lie for a few days or months unnoticed, and then tospring up into life and being. The s^d becomes a crop.Such is just the effect oftentimes of our words. Manya soul is saved, but far more are lost only by the wordswhich they hear fall from the lips of others. They maylearn to bless God, or they may learn to curse and toswear, or to lie, simply by hearing others do the one or ^^102 PSALM XJLthe other. And what is a mere thought and word inone man, when it has passed on into another person'smind and heart, there it produces oftentimes not merelya sound, but fruit; the word is carried out into action.A mere word from our lips produces in another good orbad fruit unto the harvest of the life which never ends.o wonder, then, that our Lord so impresses upon usall a careful consideration of our words, "Verily I sayunto you, that for every idle word that men shall speak,they shall give account thereof at the day of judgment.For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thywords thou shalt be condemned." This is how ourSaviour speaks of what He calls idle words — mereuseless, vain, carelessly -uttered words, without theirbeing downright wicked and blasphemous, or defiling, ordegrading, or untrue. But what must these last be if theformer are so solemnly spoken of ? Again, how easilydo many give utterance to a lie, a falsehood. Theyhave done wrong ; but they conceal it by a lie. Theyhave lost, injured, or broken something that belongs toanother; or we will say they have gone where they

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