For the director of music. According to sheminith.b A psalm of David.
1Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;
those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
2Everyone lies to their neighbor;
they flatter with their lips
but harbor deception in their hearts.
3May the Lord silence all flattering lips
and every boastful tongue—
4those who say,
“By our tongues we will prevail;
our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”
5“Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan,
I will now arise,” says the Lord.
“I will protect them from those who malign them.”
6And the words of the Lord are flawless,
like silver purified in a crucible,
like goldc refined seven times.
7You, Lord, will keep the needy safe
and will protect us forever from the wicked,
8who freely strut about
when what is vile is honored by the human race.
The Psalmist laments the decrease of good men. The pride and deceit of the wicked provokes God's wrath, whose promise to avenge the cause of pious sufferers will be verified even amidst prevailing iniquity.
It is best believed that David penned this Psalm in the king Saul's reign, when there was a general decay of honesty and piety both in royal court and country, which he here complains of to God, for he himself suffered by the treachery of his false friends and the arrogance of his enemies.
I. He begs help of God, because there were none among men whom he can trust (v. 1, 2).
II. He foretells the destruction of his proud and threatening enemies (v. 3, 4).
III. He assures himself and others that, how bad things went now (v. 8), God would preserve and secure His Own people (v. 5, 7), and would certainly make good His promises to them (v. 6).
Whether this Psalm was penned in Saul's reign or not, it is certainly calculated for a bad reign; and perhaps David, by the Holy Spirit foresaw that some of his successors on the royal thrones would bring things to as bad a pass as is here described, and treasured up this Psalm for the use of the Church age now. "O tempora, O mores!-Oh the times! Oh the manners!"