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What Can the Righteous Do?
By Jonathan C. Brentner
The Bible is amazing! Not only does it tell us what lies ahead, it encourages us with words that apply to our lives even though written a very long time ago. David wrote Psalm 11 around B.C. 1000, yet the words of this Psalm encourage my heart. Recently, his question in verse 3 jumped from the page as though I was reading it for the first time, “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
Do we not see the destruction of moral foundations all around us?
Just this past week, I read that San Diego State University is teaching its students they can consider pedophilia as an alternative “sexual orientation.” I also saw that Pope Francis recently appointed thirteen new “Chrislam-friendly cardinals” who will help guide the Roman Catholic Church in adopting both the LGBTQ+ agenda and the combining of Christianity with Islam. The “right” to murder babies in the womb as well as after birth is not only defended, but celebrated! The list goes on and on.
As the world sprints toward a certain demise, what can those of us who love the Lord do? Psalm 11 answers this question for us:
1. Remember that the Lord sees. First, David reminds us that God sees everything, “But the Lord is in his holy Temple; the Lord still rules from heaven. He watches everyone closely, examining every person on earth” (v. 4, NLT). If you are like me, you sometimes wonder if God really sees all the violence and wickedness so prevalent in our world. The Psalmist assures us that yes, He indeed sees all we see and much, much more.
2. Understand that God hates evil more than we do. Not only that, I believe He hates the wickedness and killing more than we do. in Verse 5 we read, “The Lord examines both the righteous and the wicked. He hates those who love violence” (NLT). The Lord hates murder and violence either before birth or afterward. He is holy and as such hates all evil behavior.
3. Know that a time is coming when the Lord will judge the wicked. Verse 6 reveals the Lord’s response to what He sees, “He will rain down blazing coals and burning sulfur on the wicked, punishing them with scorching winds” (NLT). The Bible tells us that a time of tribulation lies ahead for this world (Isa. 13:9-13; Rev. 6-16). We see the signs of this throughout the world; it is coming sooner than most think it is.
The Lord is exceedingly patient (2 Peter 3:8-10); He’s not willing to unleash His wrath on an unsuspecting world until it’s absolutely necessary. It seems, however, that this time is rapidly approaching.
4. Look forward to Jesus’ appearing. David concludes Psalm 11 with these words, “…the upright shall behold his face” (v. 7). Paul put it this way in a context where “wrath” refers to the judgments of the day of the Lord, “For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 5:9). Jesus is coming for us before the tribulation to whisk us away to the place He’s preparing for us in His Father’s house (John 14:2-3).
It’s not that we ignore the problems around us, but we have a hope that David knew nothing about: we look forward to meeting our Savior in the air.
5. Pray. Perhaps the most basic answer to the question of verse 3 is for us to pray, David took his concern to the Lord and in so doing recited several characteristics of God that helped him deal with the violence of the wicked (v. 2). There’s something about a focus on God’s revealed character that relieves troubled hearts.
On a personal note, I want to thank all those who prayed for me when I preached in Strongsville, Ohio a month ago. I could sense your prayers and very much enjoyed the opportunity to preach about the rapture.
I also appreciate all who have signed up for my newsletter as I know you receive a multitude of e-mails each day. I am very grateful for your interest in prophecy and for your willingness to read what I write. Thank you!