WHAT CAN THE RIGHTEOUS DO?

Scripture Reading: Psalm 11:1-7

“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? The Lord is in His holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven.” (Psalm 11:3,4)

These days are filled will uncertainties. The virus is spreading. The stock market took another plunge. People are afraid and filled with anxiety. Our nation has been brought to a near halt. In effect, all that was normal is not normal now. It seems that our health and our economy are at risk. These are foundational elements of our lives. “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

I well remember 911. We were holding our weekly staff meeting at church when we were informed that a plane crashed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center. We brought a television in and watched the events unfold. The World Trade Center, a symbol of our economic prosperity, was destroyed. Another plane hit the Pentagon, a symbol of our military might. Shock and fear prevailed. All this happened on a Tuesday. I had prepared my sermon for Sunday, but I knew it was not what our people needed. The Lord directed me to Psalm 11.

The great truth of this Psalm was very applicable after 911 and it is applicable now. What is the great truth found in this Psalm? “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Notice the wording, “what CAN the righteous do?” Of course, we can be diligent in protecting our health and we can be wise with our finances; but that is not the main thrust. God gives His answer — “The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven.” What CAN the righteous do? What MUST the righteous do? Trust the sovereign Lord of all creation. His throne is in heaven. He is fully in control. He rules and He reigns. He directs the course of history, even when it seems that our very foundations are being shaken. He is God and He is all powerful and all wise. Our sovereign Lord is with us and He will deliver us.

Perhaps the Lord is asking us to get refocused. He wants our heartfelt devotion and unbending faith in Him. He has slowed us down and He wants us to be still and to remember who He is. “‘Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.’ The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (Psalm 46:10,11).

Lord of hosts, I know that You are with us through these uncertain days. I also know that Your throne is in heaven and that You are seated there directing and controlling all things. Help us to learn how to trust You more. Forgive us for our fear and anxiety. You are our fortress. You will protect us and deliver us. Let us be still and know that You are God!

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3 thoughts on “WHAT CAN THE RIGHTEOUS DO?

  1. Kay Barker says:

    Why is it always more comforting to hear exhortation and instruction from you? We love you and pray for protection for you and yours.

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