The Lord Is In His Holy Temple (Psalm 11:1-7)Phillip Stuckey, April 3, 2016
Part of the Exposition of the Psalms series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
The eleventh psalm is attributed to David. Nothing in the psalm gives any indication as to when it was written. It could have been during the days when he was in Saul’s court and the king had turned against him or at some other time when David was threatened (1 Sam. 19:10). The psalm reminds us that in the face of threats from the wicked we must stand and trust in God for protection knowing that He is reigning and that He loves the righteous.
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Psalm 11 (Listen)
To the choirmaster. Of David.
11:1 In the LORD I take refuge;
how can you say to my soul,
“Flee like a bird to your mountain,
2 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;
3 if the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”
4 The LORD is in his holy temple;
the LORD's throne is in heaven;
his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
5 The LORD tests the righteous,
but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
6 Let him rain coals on the wicked;
fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
7 For the LORD is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
the upright shall behold his face.