its Psalm 12 today and the notes have been prepared by Marina.
This Psalm has a clear message and it’s a message we still hear today-The world is hostile toward God. We see hostility in our own society where Christianity is mocked on the television. Famous scientists, historians and naturalists either ignore the claims of Christianity or ridicule the faith of believers, suggesting that Christianity is futile or the stuff of fairy tales. In fact many educationalists believe that science has disproved the Bible and consequently many aspects of biblical truth are removed from schools’ religious studies.
With this sort of negativity it’s easy to feel alone. Sometimes you can be the only Christian in work or school or even in the home and that can create a feeling of isolation. The Psalmist today feels completely alone ‘the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men’. The writer is speaking to God and yet he lacks the security of really knowing God. When I was a child I was scared of the dark. I hated to sleep with the light off. I knew my parents were just downstairs and I knew they’d try to protect me from whatever monster may be lurking under my bed but sometimes my overactive imagination would create monsters far bigger and far stronger than my parents and I was scared. Hiding under the bedcovers I felt alone and vulnerable. Now, as an adult, I understand how completely unnecessary that fear was, I was always safe and my parents were always capable of protecting me. But as Christians we can still have irrational fears or doubts and we may still wonder- ‘Can God really keep me safe?’ Elijah, that great man of God, felt alone. He too thought that he was the only believer. He felt isolated and attacked. When we feel this way we can often feel guilty, thinking that we are not supposed to feel this way. However, God was gracious to Elijah and He spoke gently to him and told him about seven thousand others who followed the Lord.
We can learn a great deal from this Psalm. Firstly, that there has always been hostility toward God this is not a new thing made up by ‘enlightened’ scientists. Secondly, being outnumbered by those who mock and ridicule you does not make you wrong it just puts you on ‘the narrow path’ and we need to remember that the road that leads to destruction is broad and many walk on it! We can also learn to cultivate and develop our relationship with Jesus. He promises He will never leave us or forsake us therefore we are never alone and we can always speak with the Lord. Jesus calls us His friends, His bride and His brothers and sisters. These are facts that we need to cling onto when we feel alone and we need to remember that God has placed us in a family of believers here on Earth.
As Christians we have a duty to look out for those in our ‘family’ who are lonely or afraid and we need to draw alongside and support them. Sometimes people who are hurting are difficult to spot as people can often put on a smile and hide how they’re really feeling. Perhaps in our prayers today we could ask God for discernment in order to look behind the smile!