The Righteous One’s Consoling Assurance that the Lord’s Word, though mocked at, shall not fail
Whether through death or spiritual decline, David is aware of the paucity of godly men in the land. There had developed an environment of dishonesty, deceit and untrustworthy communication. He could not trust what people said. Indeed, the context speaks of vain words, flattering words, proud words, and vile words – but in contrast, God’s Word remained pure (v. 6). From Alpha to Omega and from Genesis to Revelation, they are tried words. They have a purity that has been tested over and over again, and yet found to be without spot or any such thing. It is the inerrant, infallible, eternal word, which is but the oral expression of the Word Himself. It is our impurity that causes confusion of doctrine and misunderstanding, not the divine truth.

Psalm 12

 1  Help, Lord, because the godly man
       doth daily fade away;
    And from among the sons of men
       the faithful do decay.

 2  Unto his neighbor ev'ry one
       doth utter vanity:
    They with a double heart do speak,
       and lips of flattery.

 3  God shall cut off all flatt'ring lips,
       tongues that speak proudly thus,
 4  We'll with our tongue prevail, our lips
       are ours: who's lord o'er us?

 5  For poor oppressed, and for the sighs
       of needy, rise will I,
    Saith God, and him in safety set
       from such as him defy.

 6  The words of God are words most pure;
       they be like silver tried
    In earthen furnace, seven times
       that hath been purified.

 7  Lord, thou shalt them preserve and keep
       for ever from this race.
 8  On each side walk the wicked, when
       vile men are high in place.