Text: Psalm 11: 1-7 (key verse 4)
This was a low point in David’s life. It seemed as if his world was caving in on him; chaos was around him. Scholars believe that this psalm was written at the time when he was hiding in the cave of Adullam. He was being chased by King Saul, his father-in-law, who wanted to kill him. He was hiding while he was obeying God’s call in his life. Around the time that King Saul was chasing David, Israel’s enemy, the Philistines, were advancing because Israel had no proper defenses. All of Israel’s resources were aimed at capturing David.
- In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?
- For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.
- If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
- The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.
- The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
- Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.
- For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.
Verse one talks about what David was facing. He states that he puts his trust in the LORD, why should I run away? In verse two and verse three, he describes what was going on around him. The wicked are advancing, and it seems all gloom and doom for the upright. It seems as if there is no hope in sight. In our world today, there is negativity here and there and everywhere! It appears wherever we turn it’s all bad news and hopelessness. That’s what the future king of Israel was facing while also hiding from his father-in-law who wanted to kill him. “If the foundation be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” As we look all around us today, it is obvious that there is a panic. Deaths are being reported, the financial market is down on a daily basis, and government officials are blaming each other and the President. There is a scare; a gloom, doom and a sense of uncertainty in the air.
In verse one, David says that he trusts God and then describes what he is facing. It seems like he was taking back what he just said in verse one, because in verse three he says, “If the foundation be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” When all else fails, what can we do? Then in verse four, he reminds us why he stated what he did in verse one. “The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven.” He remembers that God was still on His throne and still in charge.
Christians, why should we trust the Lord? Because God is still on His throne. God is still in charge, and He knows what He is doing. The rest of the verse tells us that He sees and knows exactly what He is doing. It may look like gloom and doom all around us today, but Christians, look up. God is still in charge! Trust Him.
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Bro. Obstaculo grew up in Los Angeles and was saved as a teenager. He moved to the area in 2008 to attend Golden State Baptist College, where he graduated in 2010. He has a heart to see the next generation serve God. He has been working with teens for almost 20 years and has worked full-time as Dorm Supervisor since 2017.