Psalm 11 (Listen)

11:1   In the LORD I take refuge;
  how can you say to my soul,
    “Flee like a bird to your mountain,
  for behold, the wicked bend the bow;
    they have fitted their arrow to the string
    to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
  if the foundations are destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?”
  The LORD is in his holy temple;
    the LORD's throne is in heaven;
    his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
  The LORD tests the righteous,
    but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
  Let him rain coals on the wicked;
    fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
  For the LORD is righteous;
  he loves righteous deeds;
    the upright shall behold his face.




Devotional:

“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)    

As we look at things happening in our culture — moral decay, political tensions, crime, etc., we may feel as if the foundations of life are being destroyed. And when we experience difficulties in our own lives, we may feel that our personal foundations are shaking. “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” We find the answer in verse 4: “The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.” When the foundations of culture and life are shaking, we need to remember that God is still in His holy temple. He sees and knows what is happening. He is righteous (verse 7) and a refuge for all who trust in him (verse 1). In what way do you need the Lord to be a refuge for you? Talk to Him about that concern today!