Another Psalm 12

Lord, is it just me or is no one faithful anymore?
Are there any loyal, dependable people around these days?

So many liars
and flatterers
and deceitful, conniving people.

I would pray for you to silence all the above,
if I wasn't sometimes guilty, too.

My tongue too often gets me into trouble.
My lips are far from pure.
I tell myself I'm better than many,
but since when is that a righteous measure?
When have I ever profited from defending myself
instead of relying on you to be my righteousness?

Your words, Lord, are flawless,
like silver poured from a crucible,
like gold refined seven times.

You alone can keep me safe
and make me right.
You alone can save me
from the deceit of my own heart.

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