Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases to be, For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.
They speak falsehood to one another; With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.
May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, The tongue that speaks great things;
Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; who is lord over us?”
“Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he longs.”
The words of the Lord are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.
You, O Lord, will keep them; You will preserve him from this generation forever.
The wicked strut about on every side When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.
–Psalms 12:1-8 (NASB)
David lamented the lack of righteousness and faithfulness in his generation. Like Noah, Abraham, or Lot, before him, he seems surrounded by wicked men. Though not entirely true, I think he writes out of personal emotion, this is how it seems to him. He had known the opposite in his relationship with Jonathan, I would suppose this was composed after his death. We are fortunate, If we can count faithful and righteous brothers in our company. But even these brothers must be stripped away in our lives so that we would know who our real friend is.
The Lord alone has pure words. He alone is completely faithful. He alone will deliver the needy.