Psalm 11

Faith in the Lord’s Righteousness
To the Chief Musician. A  Psalm of David.

In the Lord I put my trust;
How can you say to my soul,
“Flee as a bird to your mountain”?
2 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.

3 If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?

4 The Lord  is in His holy temple,
The Lord’s throne is in heaven;
His eyes behold,
His eyelids test the sons of men.

5 The Lord  tests the righteous,
But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.
6 Upon the wicked He will rain coals;
Fire and brimstone and a burning wind
Shall  be the portion of their cup.

7 For the Lord  is righteous,
He loves righteousness;
His countenance beholds the upright.

 Norman Bobczynski

This morning, in my devotions while reading Psalm 11, something occurred to me that I had not seen before. Verse 3 says; "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" What we are watching in our Country today, and indeed in the whole world, is the exposure of the massive corruption of every segment of our society. The corruption in the; government, the pharmaceutical industry, the medical establishment, the media, entertainment, law enforcement, education, corporate America and even the military is now exposed and laid bare for the world to see. I believe that in verse 3, these are the 'foundations' that have been destroyed.

The question for us, the righteous, (not by our goodness, but by the Blood of the Lamb) is; what can we do, now that every institution in the world, that we have put our trust in, has now been seen for what it is; and that is a false illusion? 

Verse 1 of this Psalm suggests that we take refuge in the Lord, and suggests that there is no where to flee. Verse 2 shows us that our enemy is preparing to kill us. Verse 4 reminds us that God is still on the throne. Verse 5a judges the righteous and the wicked. Verse 5b shows where God's heart is, and it's not with the wicked. Verse 6 is the outcome of the wicked. And finally, Verse 7 is the bottom line; we, the righteous, in all this turmoil, are to keep our eyes on the Lord; to behold His face. 

Be encouraged, He is on the throne, and we can rest in the shadow of His wings. 

Psalm 17:8 "Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings."

Psalm 36:7 "How precious is Your mercy, God! And the sons of mankind take refuge in the shadow of Your wings."

Psalm 57:1 "Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, for my soul takes refuge in You; and in in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge until destruction passes by."

Psalm 63:7 "For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy."

Psalm 11: Wikipedia

Psalm 11
"In the LORD put I my trust"
Psalm 11 in the 9th-century Utrecht Psalter, where the illustration of the text is often literal
Other name
  • Psalm 10
  • "In Domino confido"
Language Hebrew (original)

Hebrew Bible version

The following is the Hebrew text of Psalm 11

Verse Hebrew
1 :לַמְנַצֵּחַ, לְדָוִד

.בַּיהוָה, חָסִיתִי--אֵיךְ, תֹּאמְרוּ לְנַפְשִׁי; נודו (נוּדִי), הַרְכֶם צִפּוֹר

2 --כִּי הִנֵּה הָרְשָׁעִים, יִדְרְכוּן קֶשֶׁת, כּוֹנְנוּ חִצָּם עַל-יֶתֶר

.לִירוֹת בְּמוֹ-אֹפֶל, לְיִשְׁרֵי-לֵב

3 .כִּי הַשָּׁתוֹת, יֵהָרֵסוּן-- צַדִּיק, מַה-פָּעָל
4 :יְהוָה, בְּהֵיכַל קָדְשׁוֹ-- יְהוָה, בַּשָּׁמַיִם כִּסְאוֹ

.עֵינָיו יֶחֱזוּ-- עַפְעַפָּיו יִבְחֲנוּ, בְּנֵי אָדָם

5 .יְהוָה, צַדִּיק יִבְחָן: וְרָשָׁע, וְאֹהֵב חָמָס--שָׂנְאָה נַפְשׁוֹ
6 .יַמְטֵר עַל-רְשָׁעִים, פַּחִים: אֵשׁ וְגָפְרִית, וְרוּחַ זִלְעָפוֹת--מְנָת כּוֹסָם
7 .כִּי-צַדִּיק יְהוָה, צְדָקוֹת אָהֵב; יָשָׁר, יֶחֱזוּ פָנֵימוֹ