Edward F. Lundwall Jr.
Praying Psalm 12
Theme Verse: “Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth;
for the faithful fail from among the children of men.” (Psalm 12:1)
Father God, I know that your heart is grieved when the presence of the godly ceases in a nation whose people had loved you. Your Word speaks of the mystery of godliness and your Son Jesus Christ spoke of the mystery the man born of the Spirit. He compared it with the wind, the effects of which are seen, but the substance of which is invisible. Yet to me iniquity is an even greater mystery, or the tragic results of sin are all about us. Why would men want to reject you and righteousness, to embrace sin which causes corruption, pain and death?
The influence of sin is deceitful, especially in violent societies. Sinners lead others to trust what they say while leading them into deadly wicked states and acts. This "double hearted" deceitfulness still destroys godliness, and instead of grieving because people are dying without faith and hope, a mask of cheerfulness and caring is worn. In the name of tolerance, sin is indulged and portrayed as normal, acceptable and even good. With such deceitfulness, men are tempted to feel that godliness, the taking your reality and righteousness seriously, is but a useless exercise of the soul. Why see your compassionate grace and forgiveness is necessary, if sin in considered “okay?”
O Father, grant that your reality may so overshadow me that the joy, holiness, and honesty of your Person will be the satisfying portion of my life. Grant that your Holy Spirit may be vital enough in your faithful people's lives that sinners maybe convicted of their "double hearts" and seek for you, and the true righteousness that comes through faith in Christ.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life
in thy presence is fullness of joy;
at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.