God is still on His throne.
Do you ever forget that?
I know I do sometimes. It's a crazy world out there, and it seems like it's getting crazier – evil is more evil, fear is more fearful, persecution is more persecuting…
Everything feels a little out of control.
I feel out of control.
Evidently, even if you're a man after God's own heart, you can feel this way.
Today's "Bible Pick 'Ems" was written by David (I will be sharing it in two parts):
"I trust in the LORD for protection.
So why do you say to me, 'Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety!
The wicked are stringing their bows
and fitting their arrows on the bowstrings.
They shoot from the shadows
at those whose hearts are right.
The foundations of law and order have collapsed.
What can the righteous do?'" (Psalms 11:1-3)
David was forced to flee for his life several times. Yes, he was God's anointed king – but that didn't spare him from injustice and hatred from others. This psalm may have been written when he was being hunted by Saul (1 Samuel
18-31), or during the days of Absalom's rebellion (2 Samuel 15-18).
In both instances, David did run away – but he didn't run as if all was lost.
In the first part of this psalm, David seems to be speaking to those who are advising him to run from his enemies. His advisors were focused on the frightening circumstances and crumbling foundations.
David was focused on God.
Hear his response:
"But the LORD is in his holy Temple;
the LORD still rules from heaven.
He watches everyone closely,
examining every person on earth…
The virtuous will see his face." (Psalms 11:4, 7)
David had faith – faith in a God whom he knew was greater than anything his enemies could bring against him.
David knew God was in control.
Still in His Temple – still ruling from Heaven.
Faith in God keeps us from losing hope – and it helps us resist fear.
God is not diminished by ANY turn of events.
NOTHING catches Him by surprise. NOTHING happens without His knowledge and His permission.
That, my friends, consoles me greatly.
It's true that this crazy old world is getting crazier. And believers will not be shielded from difficult circumstances. God's Word tells us that this will be so. But God's Word also tells us how to deal with it.
When the foundations are shaking and you want to run away and hide – run to God.
OK, the wicked might be stringing their bows and fitting their arrows on the bowstrings. They might be taking potshots at us from the shadows. Even the foundations of law and order might be collapsing (watched the news lately??)…
I have a feeling that God is still sitting on His throne – a throne that He told us we can approach BOLDLY!
"So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most."
God's rule provides stability in the midst of panic. And, because we trust Him, we can face our problems.
David knew it – and so can we.
God is still on His throne…
And we will see His face!
“When in doubt, search God out!”