June 8, 2021
Psalm 11 – Where to Turn
Psalm 11:3 (NIV)
3 When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?"
When everything around us seems so unstable where do we turn?
Our natural tendency is to do what David’s friends suggested to him. Look at the latter half of the 1st verse. Psalm 11:1 (NIV)
1 … How then can you say to me: "Flee like a bird to your mountain.
That’s what we often do – flee to the mountain. In other words we look for ways to escape. We deny the reality of our troubles. Or at the very least we try to ignore it.
David questions this suggestion from his friends. In fact, he shares his response to the circumstances as he verbally questions their thoughts on the matter. Look again at the 1st verse.
What to do when you need help:
- Take Refuge - Psalm 11:1 (NIV)
1 In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: "Flee like a bird to your mountain.
Did you catch what he said? In the LORD I take refuge.
- Look Up - David then expands this thought in the rest of the 11th Psalm. He reminds us here that despite how bad things may appear we do what? We can look up.
God is in charge. He is still on the throne. Notice what he says in the 1st part of the 4th verse.
Psalm 11:4 (NIV)
4 The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. …
- Know that God sees everything - Psalm 11:4 (NIV)
4 The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them. Hebrews 4:13 (NLT)
13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.
God sees everything that is going on. Nothing escapes His attention. Nothing takes Him by surprise.
- Know that God is in control