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Psalm 12: Gracious Lord, consider


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Gracious Lord, consider
How godliness has ceased;
Your faithful ones – authentic sons –
Have vanished or deceased.

People round me talking
Use language bittersweet;
“My lips are mine,” I hear them say
With impudent conceit.

Silence all their boasting,
Disable, Lord, their tongue;
For the salvation of the poor
Arise and swiftly come.

Scripture truth, like silver
Purified by fire,
Will those who seek the Lord each day
Bless, comfort and inspire.

Sanctify and keep me
According to Your word,
For evil prowls on every side
When sin is undeterred!

Steve Layfield

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