Psalm 12: I Will Now Arise

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Psalm 12 is a difficult Psalm, with abrasive sentiments like, “May the Lord cut off all flattering lips.” Underneath its prickly exterior, though, the Psalm is all about words and how we use them—lies, lips, tongue, boasts, promises—the Psalm is full of “word” words. The Psalm seems to anticipate our media-saturated age in which truth is captive to rhetoric, spin, and click-bait. How comforting, then, that in this Psalm God cuts through the chatter and promises to arise and defend the maligned and defenseless!

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words and music by Greg Scheer
text based on Psalm 12
copyright February 11, 2017
CCLI #7084596
OneLicense #50454

1. Hear, O Lord, my prayer, for truth has disappeared;
vanished like a breath or like a sigh.
Here, O Lord, am I, adrift in floods of lies.
Is honesty extinct from humankind?

I will now arise and the poor will know my might.
I still I hear the needy when they cry.
I will now arise and the poor will know my might.
I, the Lord, have heard the prayer you prayed in groans and sighs.
I, the Lord, have heard the prayer you prayed in groans and sighs.

2. You, O Lord, you know they benefit by boasts,
flattery, and rumors, and white lies.
You, O Lord, you see: they gain from their deceit
and misery of those they trap like flies.

I will now arise and the poor will know my might…

3. Speak, O Lord, I’ll hear the truth your word reveals.
Trusting, though malicious mouths resound.
Your word O Lord, is true. Your promises are pure;
a refuge when no honesty is found.

I will now arise and the poor will know my might…

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