Address: Verse 1a The Psalmist identify the one to whom the psalm is sung and prayed. “Help Lord”
Complaint: Verses 1b-2, 8 The psalmist pours out a complaint honestly and forcefully, identifying what the trouble is and why the Lord’s help is being sought.
Deliverance: Verses 3-4 The psalmist cries out to God for deliverance from the situation described in the complaint.
Assurance: Verse 5 The psalmist expresses the assurance that God will deliver. This assurance is somewhat parallel to the trust part of the Psalm also.
Trust: Verse 6 The psalmist expresses his trust in God, which shows why he can bring his complaint to God and know and be assured that deliverance is coming.
Praise: Verse 7 The psalmist offers praise, thanking and honoring God for the blessings of the past, present, and/or future.
This is the structure of Psalm 12. This is a similar structure to many of the individual and corporate lament Psalms. Understanding and keeping this in mind helps us better see the truth in the Scripture and see a more beautiful picture of a God who helps us in any and every situation. These lament give us an assurance, like Psalm 12, in the fact that God will save us and protect us even when it seems like all is lost.