Good Thoughts in Good Times

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 12:1-8

One commentator on this Psalm says, “What the writer especially laments is the prevailing untruthfulness.” Today also there are many who pad their expense accounts and think that rules were made to be broken. Many do not keep their marriage vows. Some get ahead by speaking flattering words that they do not mean (v. 2). There is a saying, “Flattery will get you nowhere.” But sad to say it may and often does.

We need constantly to remind ourselves and our children that God calls us to be different from the world around us. Sound ethics can flow only from sound theology. Someone has said, “When men cease to be faithful to their God, he who expects to find them faithful to each other will be disappointed.” If the situation in the world which the Psalmist laments is to change, people must return to the evangelical faith. What is needed is a revival in the church which will make an impact on society. We must pray for such a revival. But we must also seek to be examples of absolute honesty.

I plead with you to pray earnestly for revival. Calvin said, “We ought to be fully persuaded of this, that the greater the confusion of things in the world, God is so much the readier to aid His people.” As we see evil around us, let us not say that nothing can be done. You can live a godly life and you can pray.


Father, revive us again, fill each heart with Your love. For Jesus’ sake. Amen