Daily Bible Insight: Psalm 11:1-4
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Today’s article is taken out of Psalm 11, with a focus on verses one through four. Here, David is talking about the Lord’s justice on behalf of the righteous and His condemnation and hatred for the wicked. They explain the love that God has for His people. Let’s read:
(Psa 11:1 KJV) To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?
(Psa 11:2 KJV) 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.
(Psa 11:3 KJV) If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
(Psa 11:4 KJV) The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.
In verse one, David makes it known that his trust is in the Lord. In the latter half of this verse, David acknowledges the ignorance of his enemies, who can neither comprehend nor understand the power of the Lord God Almighty. This is why David says, “How say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?” The next verse follows accordingly, “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.” The original Hebrew word used here for privily means “in darkness”. So in darkness, the ungodly shoot at the upright in heart. It is important to understand that this doesn’t always mean physical darkness, but it always means spiritual darkness. Those who do things against God and God’s children are doing it in spiritual darkness, no matter whether the act is committed in the daytime or the nighttime. This is what David is trying to get across in this verse. Let’s go down to verse 3, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” By foundations, David means when “all the inhabitants of the Earth are gone”. What he is saying is that if all the inhabitants of the Earth are gone, the even the righteous are powerless against the forces of evil. However, verse four confirms that the LORD will never leave the righteous alone with evil , “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 sees everything and understands everything that man does. He is in His Holy temple and he sees all and tries (or tests) all men, both the wicked and the righteous. The difference though is that the wicked will perish in the midst of their trials, but the righteous will prosper, ” Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.” (Psa 34:19 KJV) Today’s message is that God’s promise is true: he will never leave you or forsake you. Rest assured that in whatever situation you’re going through, He is watching and will deliver you in His time. May God bless you and keep you. Amen.
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