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?”

(Psalm 11:1-3)

What Psalm better describes the hearts of believing people today?  The triumph of wickedness appears to be winning the day, the righteous and upright do not lead, and the cry “Lord come quickly” can be heard.  The bow is not only being bent, but the arrow is fitted and aimed right at the heart of the righteous.  Echoing David,  What can the righteous do when the foundations are destroyed?

Our condition appears hopeless… many people have proposed to just flee… times are bad and this writer for one does not see them getting any better any time soon.  Look to God to render His judgment:

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.

(Psalm 11:4-6)

The Lord alone sees those who are shooting their arrows out of the darkness at the righteous.  And it is from His Holy throne that moral standard and justice has been declared.  C.H. Spurgeon concerning verse 6 wrote, “A drop of hell is terrible, but what must a full cup of torment be? How foolish is it to fear the faces of men who will soon be faggots [sticks bound for kindling] in the fire of hell! Think of their fearful end, and all fear of them must be changed into contempt of their threatenings, and pity for their miserable state.”

For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
the upright shall behold his face.

(Psalm 11:7)

As for the righteous, this last phrase anticipates the future truth believers are to look forward to.  When we behold the one we love face to glorious face.

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