In the Lord I put my trust; how can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain”? For look! The wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow on the string, that they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart. If the foundations are 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 test the sons of men. The Lord tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain coals; fire and brimstone and a burning wind shall be the portion of their cup. For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright. (Psalm 11; To the Chief Musician; A Psalm of David)
The Lord Is Righteous
David faced many trials as he stood before the Philistine giant, the King of Israel and his many enemies seeking to destroy him. His personal battles were lost on the battlefield of adultery, betrayal and a sword never leaving his house. Satan tried very hard to destroy the shepherd king but failed. When David wrote of his undying love for his mighty Shepherd, he exclaimed his trust for a God who never failed him. He never lost faith in what the Lord could accomplish in his life and hope reigned supreme as repeatedly David saw the hand of God working in his life. Facing great trials his friends would beg him to flee and save himself. The strength of faith is well tested in the battles of righteousness when men are tempted to reject the Lord. Surrounded by enemies David was told to trust in himself. He would not. His trust could only be in the Lord because he knew that when trust in God fails there is nothing to stand upon. Faith in the Lord is the only thing life can be built and without trusting God for everything, man is without hope.
Righteousness for David was defined by the presence of God in His holy temple. What power could dethrone the Lord God of heaven? He knows everything about men – good or bad. The wicked do not believe in God and will find harsh judgment for rebellion. Failing to trust in the Lord will bring destruction. David had faith in the Lord’s righteousness. He knew that God was righteous and the heavenly Father loved to see righteousness among His people. The righteous are not forgotten. Why should David not trust in God when every blessing of the Father was given to those who trust in Him?
Satan seeks to destroy the faith of God’s people in the church. Trials come upon the hearts of every Christian tempting them to reject the Lord and trust themselves. David declares there is no hope apart of God. Division within the body of Christ is failing to trust in God. Murmuring and complaining is evidence of a lack of faith. Disease can destroy faith when men look to themselves instead of God. Immorality calls for the soul to reject the Lord for the fleshly pleasures. The Lord is in His holy temple and His throne is in heaven – this is unchanged over the thousands of years when David penned this psalm. The wicked will only find judgment. Those who trust in God will find righteousness.
When the foundation of trust is destroyed, the faith of the child of God is shattered. Trust is found in experience knowing that God’s word is true and He will never lie. Righteousness is the right things of God and the Lord loves to see righteousness in the lives of His people. Trust in God for all your needs and you will never be found wanting. Build the foundation of your life upon the word of God. Love the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind. Trust in the Lord.
Faith is an awareness of divine mutuality and companionship, a form of communion between God and man. (Abraham J. Heschel, Man Is Not Alone, 1951)