The Foundations for the Righteous

Psalm 11:3Text: Psalm 11:1-7

In this psalm, David described the adversity and opposition he faced from his enemies. Yet he could take refuge in the Lord. He was secure as long as “the foundations” remained secure.

“In the Lord I take refuge” (v. 1)

  • When we are in need of help, we need to turn to the Lord
  • Any other source of deliverance will ultimately fail us

“The wicked bend the bow…” (v. 2)

  • The people of God will face adversity and opposition from the wicked
  • They “shoot in darkness” – when we do not expect; where we cannot anticipate

“If the foundations are destroyed…” (v. 3)

  • Without these “foundations,” we have no hope
  • What are these “foundations“? – our confidence in God and His word; God and His word do not change (Malachi 3:6; Psalm 119:89); the “variable” that can be destroyed is our confidence in God and His word; does not change our suffering, but does affect our hope
  • If our confidence in God and His word is shaken, “what can [we] do?” – nothing; we’re defeated and without hope

“The Lord is in His holy temple…” (v. 4)

  • God is in heaven – above all of the wickedness of this world; therefore, he is not affected/changed by these things
  • He sees what is done here on the earth – He tests all men (cf. Hebrews 4:13)

“The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked…” (v. 5-7)

  • Both the righteous and the wicked are judged by God (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:10)
  • Punishment will come upon the wicked (cf. 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9)
  • A reward will be given to the righteous – those who are righteous as He is (cf. 1 John 3:7; Matthew 5:46)

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