Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal
have vanished from the human race.
David begins with a cry out to God for freedom and you can almost
feel the pain and despair but why is he crying out? The word that is translated as
"faithful" here is actually the Hebrew word "chaciyd" which actually means kind. So,
what does it mean to be kind? In Galatians
5, we see that kindness is one of the fruits that comes from the presence of the
Spirit of God in our lives and it refers to caring for others.
David goes on to say that all of the loyal people are gone. We must
remember that King David knew a little bit about loyalty and the lack of loyalty as his
son, Absalom, had tried to overthrow him. The Hebrew word that is translated here as
"loyal" is "aman" and it actually means certain or firm in their trust. God had
commanded the people to honor their father and mother and David's son had abandoned the
word of God in order to elevate himself. King David was feeling alone and abandoned as
many of those that he had trusted had joined with Absalom in rebellion.
This psalm also looks ahead to the time of the Great Tribulation
when most of those who have held firm to Jesus Christ have been removed from the earth.
During that time, caring for others will be practically unheard of and that is a sign of
the end of times as described by Jesus. (See Matthew 24:12)