Have you ever wished you could run away and live at Disneyland? (BTW how sad is this year that we can’t even go to Disney??) In Psalm 11 we find David facing persecution. We don’t know the exact circumstances, but we gather from the context that his life is in danger because his friends who were concerned for his safety have recommended that he flee to the mountains and hide. But as we are going to see David doesn’t believe he should run from his problems but remains confident in God.
Whenever we are facing difficulties there is a temptation to not trust God. After all, why would God allow this difficulty in my life? All of David’s friends were telling him he needs to escape. But he’s slightly baffled that they are telling him this. So he says, “I’ve taken refuge in God! How can you tell me to run? How can you say our enemies have us? How can you say our foundations are destroyed?”
Looking around at their current situation all these statements made sense. When we are experiencing difficulties it will feel like our foundation has been destroyed. Like the carpet being ripped out from under us, hard times often flip us on our heads. And often our first response is to try and figure it out. We, like David’s friends, want to find a way out of our problems. However, the Bible doesn’t tell us to ‘figure it out.’ But over and over it says, ‘Trust God.’ He already has it figured out. Consider what Paul said in 2 Timothy.
2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, bearing this inscription: The Lord knows those who are his…
No matter what our situation makes us think or feel we can remain confident that God is in control. Even when we feel like we have no foundation, we have a sure and steady foundation. And because of that truth, we can remain steadfast when life is hard. Then, instead of asking “what can the righteous do when the foundations are destroyed?” we can ask “what can the righteous NOT DO on God’s foundation?”. Realizing God is our foundation should create courage in our hearts to walk through whatever difficulty is before us.
David then tells his friends why he is deciding to trust in God. He reminds them (and us) that God is in control. God is on his throne and he sees everything that is taking place. He shows us the supremacy of God over all that is on earth. God knows exactly what David is facing. And God knows exactly what you are facing. Our security rests in the fact that God has not left his holy temple and abandoned his throne to whatever would-be power seems to be in control. God is on His throne and in complete control and promises that justice will be done. The book of Hebrews unpacks this for us.
Hebrews 4:13-14 No creature is hidden from him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give an account. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens — Jesus the Son of God — let us hold fast to our confession.
We can be steadfast in the face of difficulties because we know that God sees all things. No injustice will go uncorrected, no wrong deed will go unpunished. Knowing that God is in control and will make every wrong right we can hold fast to our faith. David then wraps up the Psalm with the reminder that the upright will see the face of God. Seeing God’s face is equivalent to experiencing God’s favor or blessing. David trusts God because he knows he has God’s favor and blessing. What an encouragement to know that because Jesus has declared us righteous, we get to enter into his presence. And one day, we will see him face to face. But in the meantime, we can remain steadfast. We can persevere. We can be faithful. Because we have a God who we can place our trust in.
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