A Quarter in the Psalms- Psalm 11

In Psalm 11 David reminds himself of the confidence he can have in the Lord even in the face of attacks by the wicked.

Main Point: The psalm is pretty straight forward. It appears that someone has counseled David to not trust in the Lord, and in a somewhat mocking tone. Telling him to “flee like a bird to your mountain”, because of the wicked. David replies that even if he were to flee to the “mountain” (I believe a reference to Mt. Zion) that Lord Dwells there and will punish the wicked who pursue him. The verse 7 holds out promise for the righteous when it says “For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;the upright shall behold his face.”

Interesting Points: This Psalm says that God hates the wicked in his soul, and is contrasted with how he love righteous deeds.

The idea of behold God’s face brings echo’s of Moses meeting God face to face. This was something that no other israelite had the privilege of doing. Jesus also echoes this psalm when in Matthew 5:8 says the pure in heart will see God.

Emotional reaction: I love the triumphant tone this psalms strikes, and the way it hits back at those who doubt the faithfulness of the Lord. It reminds me that though in my world it can seem like the wicked are getting ahead, the Lord will protect his chosen ones and in the end take care of the wicked. And that brings peace, and allows me to pray for my enemies. It brings Joy knowing that the Lord will deliver on his promise to remake this place.

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