Psalm 11

In Psalm 11 David asks the question, which many of us have asked when we peruse the condition of the world, “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

David recognises that evil, so often, seems overwhelmingly strong. I am sure there are many times when we too have felt overwhelmed. Just looking over the past year, whether it is our own life or the news, evil has been rampant. Social values are in decline, greed, murder and injustice are seen as “normal”.

David was undergoing his own trial, probably with either Absolom or Saul, but gives us the answer. God in His time will deal with the rebellious because he loves the righteous. The righteous, of course, are those who in their brokenness come to God in faith. It is a Christ bought righteousness. David was acutely aware of his own lack of holiness. God was his only hope.

So as another year ends and a new one begins, David’s Psalm points us to our hope and security – God’s divine promises. And David adds, we will see his face. There is a place for us in His presence where evil is eliminated. In the meantime we have His Word, His Spirit and each other to remind us of this hope in the midst of heartbreaking evil. God is indeed, good!

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3 thoughts on “Psalm 11

  1. mickqhs

    Is there another word that can be used instead of “righteous”?

    • I would have to do some research into the Hebrew word used. However we often think righteous as “self righteous”, but holiness or righteousness is a quality imputed to us by God himself – namely through Christ. So the righteous in this context are those whose reliance is on God. It is not due to any holiness on their own part.

  2. “So as another year ends and a new one begins, David’s Psalm points us to our hope and security – God’s divine promises. And David adds, we will see his face. There is a place for us in His presence where evil is eliminated. In the meantime we have His Word, His Spirit and each other to remind us of this hope in the midst of heartbreaking evil. God is indeed, good!”

    Amen Brother in Christ!
    You are a blessing to many, and your faith has been a vital encouragement to me in my time of need. (Just thought you needed to know that…) May God send His blessings into your heart and life as only He can do.
    God bless,
    C.C.T.

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