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Psalm 11 - The View of the Righteous in a World of Trouble

The Psalmist will not yield to the admonition to flee...even in the face of real threats:

  1. The danger of attacks by those who are evil...
  2. The destruction of the foundations - the very principles upon which a peaceable society can exist.

The reason he will not be shaken is given in verse 4-7 - God is still on the throne - even in the midst of troubles and undoing chaos in society - God is still God. The righteous will be tested - but his relationship with God is a different species than the relationship of God with the wicked. Perhaps one of the stronger statements in the Bible - his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. Let him rain coals on the wicked and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. Such statements at first glance unsettle the soul - Could God, the God who is Love, hate anyone? But at second glance would we ever prefer God to love that which is evil? Would we delight in a God who loved violence, destruction, and the heinous crimes of men? It seems that a God who is both loving and just is the delight of the soul - the forgiven soul who has taken refuge in Christ. The Psalm ends with a reaffirmation to the righteous - possibly the righteous who suffer in pain - the Lord's character has not shifted, indeed he is rigtheous, he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.