Psalm 11

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Even if you don’t have a valentine, you still have Someone who you can call out to in times of hardship. Psalm 11 is another short psalm, but may be perfect for you.

The Lord, a Refuge and Defense.

For the music director. A Psalm of David.

In the Lord I take refuge;
How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain?
For, behold, the wicked bend the bow,
They have set their arrow on the string
To shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.
If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?”

According to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students, in the footnote for Psalm 11:3 on page 552, verse 3 conveys hopelessness – but the following verses answer this question (Apologetics Study Bible for Students, Holman Bible Publishers, 2009).

The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven;
His eyes see, His eyelids test the sons of mankind.
The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,
And His soul hates one who loves violence.
He will rain coals of fire upon the wicked,
And brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup.
For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness;
The upright will see His face.

God tests each one of us. Verse 5b is very specific – God will destroy the wicked. In this case – a person “who loves violence.” Yet, He will still offer righteousness in the face of violence, and we have the opportunity to seek redemption in Him by choosing to believe in Christ as Savior and Lord.

Have a wonderful week!

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