God is In Control

One problem I remember was a time when our son Bob broke our trust and lied to his mother and me. He was still young, dating Linda, his wife-to-be, and was only allowed to see her on certain nights. Well, one night he wanted to see her without permission and told us he was … More

Trust

David said he had put his trust in the Lord even though he was urged to flee as a bird who doesn’t find a refuge except in flying (v. 1). He is referring to the malicious stories and poisonous suggestions men were reporting on him to his father-in-law, King Saul, who was already resentful and jealous of the people’s admiration of David (v. 2). David cried “If the foundations be destroyed what can the righteous do” (v. 3)? The foundations (which means the settled order of things) being destroyed opens the reigning of man’s sin. However, no matter what the problem - God is sufficient.

If the foundations are destroyed, lay the foundations again. That is what Ezra did (Ezra 3:8) and what each new generation may have to do. David became king of Israel and laid the foundations for a godly society. After all, God is still on His throne (v. 4) and will one day judge the wicked (vv. 5-6). We see that the wicked are entangled in their own wickedness and will not escape the judgment of God (v. 6). However, the final reward of the righteous will be to look upon the lovely face of our Lord. Our righteous God loves right living (v. 7). When the foundations seem to be destroyed and we wish we could hide, we need to remember that God is still in control. His power is not diminished by any earthly events. Nothing happens without His knowledge and permission.

Application

Do our present circumstances seem dark? Like the song writer wrote, we can sing, “We have a hope that will surely endure, after the passing of time!” Just as David did, I can trust God for the present as well as for the future. Proverbs 3:5-6  says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Psalms 11:1-7 (English Standard Version)

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.

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