Psalm 11 – The Foundations

Psalm 11 is another psalm expressing David’s act of taking refuge in God (v. 1a). However, in this unique psalm David directly addresses the wicked (vv. 4-7) in response to the question they pose in verse 3: “if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” The wicked here is characterized a lover of violence (v. 5), as demonstrated by their eagerness to shoot their arrows at the righteous (v. 2).

Under life-threatening circumstances, David answers their questions concerning the destruction of “the foundations” by saying, “The LORD is in his holy temple” (v. 4). It is as if he is saying to them, “You can’t destroy the foundations. My foundation is God, and he is in complete control of the situation.” He then declares that God tests the righteous. Like many saints before and after him, he interprets danger and trial as testing from God.

The last two verses in the psalm reveals the source of David’s hope and the motivation for his faithfulness. Because the LORD himself is righteous, he will be the one to deal with the wicked. In contrast, those who are upright will see God’s face. I am reminded of Matthew 5:8 which says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Though earthly foundations may be destroyed, my foundation is in heaven where I will soon dwell and see God’s face!

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