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'C' the Ceaseth

March 7

"Help LORD, for the Godly man ceaseth ..."  Psalm 12:1
 
 

 

   

 
 
  

"This pictures urgency on the shore of humanity's vile sea of sin ..."

 

 

 

 

 

Help LORD…”   What power in these two words!  They depict: humility, honesty, brokenness, dependence, even desperation.  This is not a mere cry for aid, but an admission of absolute helplessness ... a prayerful 911.  This pictures urgency on the shore of humanity’s vile sea of sin, as the hand of the godly goes down for the third time.  David sees a desperate situation and calls for the LIFEGUARD. 

May I inject right here that “vain is the help of man.” … a lesson, by the way, taught all throughout Scripture.  How sad it is though, that we will seek help from every source, save GOD, until we are broken.  "My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth."  David didn't waste a moment on the vanity of man, but went right to the Source of real help: "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, ... and find grace to help in time of need."

Notice what the cry of David is not for.  He does not cry: "Help LORD," for the religious man ceaseth, for the Christian man ceaseth, for the Jewish man ceaseth, for the intellectual man ceaseth, for the athletic man ceaseth, for the fundamental man ceaseth.  He does not cry: "Help LORD," for the finances ceaseth, for my friends ceaseth, or even: the church ceaseth.  Rather, his cry is “Help LORD, for the godly man ceaseth”  And it is not just that “the godly man ceaseth”, but that any and all evidence that he ever existed is quickly passing off the scene.  The anxiety of the Psalmist is because he senses an eternal class extinction taking place before his very eyes.  An old Chinese proverb states that: “one generation plants the trees and another enjoys the shade.”  … thus David pleads with GOD as he views the godly man being clear-cut and kindled into so much firewood.  For those who dispute the depravity of man, I pose this moral riddle: Why is it that godliness has to be planted & cultivated, yet dissipates so quickly … while sin and wickedness grow wild like the thistle, and seeds with the slightest breeze of human presence?

"And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward GOD, and toward men."  It has been said that reputation is what men think you are, character is what GOD knows you are, and that when reputation and character are both blameless, you have integrity.

What is it then which makes up the integrity of a “godly man”?  May I suggest he is:

  1.   Cut out of the herd {“godly man” used only here in all the Bible}

  2.   Consecrated by GOD (Psalm 4:3)

  3.   Committed to prayer (Psalm 32:6)

  4.   Clear in conscience (2 Corinthians 1:12)

  5.   Convicted when in sin (2 Corinthians 7:9-11)

  6.   Cared for by shepherds (2 Corinthians 11:2)

  7.   Cautious over doctrine (1 Timothy 1:4)

  8.   Caustic toward worldlings (2 Timothy 3:12)

  9.   Concerned for GOD’S glory (Titus 2:11-13)

  10.   Concentrated in service (Hebrews 12:28)

… I call these the ten Bible steps to ‘C’ your way to godliness.


For Love of Country
General Court of Connecticut (1639)
"That GOD'S Word should be the only rule for ordering the affairs of government in this commonwealth."

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