Psalm 11 is a public response to crisis. David answers the anxious questions of those around him with confident faith in God.
This psalm opens with a declaration of trust: “In the LORD I take refuge.”
Instead of panic, David’s default response to difficulty is trust in God.
Others respond in fear. They come to David, describing attacks against the upright, those who are following God’s commands, and suggest retreat. They ask, “When the foundations [of morality, law] are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
The Message translates their anxious description this way:
“Run to the mountains; the evil
bows are bent, the wicked arrows
Aimed to shoot under cover of darkness
at every heart open to God.
The bottom’s dropped out of the country;
good people don’t have a chance.”
We can relate.
So what can the righteous do?
David doesn’t dismiss these concerns. His response is simple.
Don’t panic. Don’t run away.
The LORD is in his holy temple;
the LORD is on his heavenly throne. (v. 4a)
God is on His throne.
We may be under attack, but God still rules. He has authority over heaven and earth, even the wicked. His purpose will prevail.
He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them. (v. 4b)
God sees what is happening.
God not only sees our circumstances, He sees each individual involved. He examines the character, integrity, and motives of each one. He sees beyond today to the end result of each action.
On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur;
a scorching wind will be their lot.
For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice;
upright men will see his face. (v. 6-7)
God is a righteous judge.
God punishes the wicked.
God shows His face to the upright. The righteous have access to the God of the Universe and can take refuge in Him.
When the foundations are being destroyed, remember.
God reigns. God sees. God judges.
You can trust Him.
Father, when I look around it seems that attacks against the godly are increasing and the foundations of morality are crumbling. Help me to trust you and not run away. Help me to remember You. You are still on the throne. You see what I see, but You can also see what I can’t. You see the end of the story. You are a righteous judge. I put my trust in You. Amen.