Psalm 11

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by: FCC Staff

01/25/2022

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“To the choirmaster. Of David. 

     In the Lord I take refuge;  how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain, 

     for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; 

     if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” 

     The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man. 

     The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. 

     Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. 

     For the Lord is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.”

It is not hard to imagine a situation dominated by evil; look at the headlines, watch the news, ask around. Psalm 11 seems to speak to that kind of circumstance. This is how the Psalmist describes it in Psalm 11:2-3, “2…for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; 3if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

“What can the righteous do?” What a very natural, human, response to the problems around us. When things go bad, it’s easy to let despair and hopelessness rule our minds and hearts. The psalmist, however, sees things from a different perspective.

Psalm 11:1, 4-7 says, “1In the LORD I take refuge…4the LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man. 5The LORD tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. 6Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. 7For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.” 

With unwavering confidence, the psalmist responds to the situation, not with a lament addressed to God, but with words of encouragement addressed to the fainthearted and unbelieving around him. This, if anything, is an inspiring psalm of trust – coupled with a warning to the wicked declaring the fate that would befall them from the hand of a righteous God.

Let us be known, not for our fear of circumstances, but for our resolute confidence in the God of all creation. Let our actions and words display that trust to those around us who face the daily deluge of evil that is our broken world. God will make it right. In the meantime, he has tasked us with the incredible responsibility of letting people know. In the words of 2 Corinthians 5:20, “…we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us…” Choose deliberate words and actions this week in order to be an effective ambassador.

Prayer for today:  God of all creation, thank you for imbuing us with your Spirit, so that we may have help honoring you each day. Help us not to be bogged down by the darkness of this world. Give us your joy and peace, so that we may be more effective ambassadors of You. Amen. 

“To the choirmaster. Of David. 

     In the Lord I take refuge;  how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain, 

     for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; 

     if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” 

     The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man. 

     The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. 

     Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. 

     For the Lord is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.”

It is not hard to imagine a situation dominated by evil; look at the headlines, watch the news, ask around. Psalm 11 seems to speak to that kind of circumstance. This is how the Psalmist describes it in Psalm 11:2-3, “2…for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; 3if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

“What can the righteous do?” What a very natural, human, response to the problems around us. When things go bad, it’s easy to let despair and hopelessness rule our minds and hearts. The psalmist, however, sees things from a different perspective.

Psalm 11:1, 4-7 says, “1In the LORD I take refuge…4the LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man. 5The LORD tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. 6Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. 7For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.” 

With unwavering confidence, the psalmist responds to the situation, not with a lament addressed to God, but with words of encouragement addressed to the fainthearted and unbelieving around him. This, if anything, is an inspiring psalm of trust – coupled with a warning to the wicked declaring the fate that would befall them from the hand of a righteous God.

Let us be known, not for our fear of circumstances, but for our resolute confidence in the God of all creation. Let our actions and words display that trust to those around us who face the daily deluge of evil that is our broken world. God will make it right. In the meantime, he has tasked us with the incredible responsibility of letting people know. In the words of 2 Corinthians 5:20, “…we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us…” Choose deliberate words and actions this week in order to be an effective ambassador.

Prayer for today:  God of all creation, thank you for imbuing us with your Spirit, so that we may have help honoring you each day. Help us not to be bogged down by the darkness of this world. Give us your joy and peace, so that we may be more effective ambassadors of You. Amen. 

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