“The LORD is righteous; He loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold His face.” – Psalm 11:7
Scripture reading: Psalm 11:1-7
We don’t know what situation is reflected in Psalm 11. It sounds like Israel was going through some kind of a crisis and David’s throne and life were in danger. Some of David’s friends and advisors believed that Israel was on the brink of a real disaster. The foundations were being destroyed, and there was nothing the righteous could do; it was time for him to run.
In the West, the moral and social foundations are being destroyed. Psalm 11 asks us, How do we respond to what’s going on? Are we anxious, panicked? Or are we comforted by God’s promises? There are times when we need to run away from danger. David ran away when Saul was trying to kill him and when Absalom tried to steal the throne.
But this time, for whatever reason, he said, I’m not going to run. And when he was convinced that he couldn’t run away from the danger that he faced at that moment in his life, David found courage to stay by lifting up his eyes and remembering the truth about his life and how things really are: The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD’s throne is in heaven.
Sunday is a special blessing for God’s people in these times. In worship, the LORD reminds us that His throne is in heaven! And we are comforted in the knowledge that whatever happens to us, the LORD is upright and the upright shall surely behold His face!
Suggestions for prayer
Ask the Lord to help you overcome your fears and anxieties by encouraging you to lift up your eyes from what people are doing in your life and in this world, to Him, remembering that nothing can separate you from His love, which is yours in Christ Jesus.
Rev. Dick Wynia is currently the minister of the Vineyard Canadian Reformed Church in Beamsville, ON.