In response to recent requests from subscribers, the Nugget will be featuring a devotional based on the book of Psalms once a month. We pray you will be blessed by this focus on the one book of the Bible that Jesus quoted the most.
In past “Lessons From the
Psalms”, we have seen that in ancient Judaism, the Psalms were known as
the “five books of David”, and that these five books correspond and
contrast with the “five books of Moses”
The first book of David is comprised of the first 41 Psalms,
and it is thought to parallel Genesis, due to its theme of man and his
relationship with God and its focus on how all blessings are bound up in
Over the past few months, we have explored a few of the Psalms
in this first book:
Psalm 1 in
Part 7 of this series;
Psalm 3 in
Part 8 of this series; and
Psalm 16 in
Part 3 of this series. Today’s Psalm,
Psalm 11, also gives us unique perspective on man
and his relationship with God, this time with specific emphasis on God’s
justice and trustworthiness. Let’s take a look…
"I trust in the Lord for protection.
So why do you say to me,
'Fly to the mountains for
safety!'" (Vs. 1 NLT)
Isn't it true that we so often verbally put our trust in our
loving, all-knowing, ever-faithful God; yet we then turn around and try
to do things on our own power? For example: We pray that God will give
our doctor wisdom. But when that same doctor comes in and tells us
things we don't believe and prescribes treatments that we don't think
will help, don't we tend to badmouth him a bit? Insinuate that he
doesn't know what he is doing? Call him a fool? Refuse what he has
Or perhaps we have prayed and asked God for courage to witness
and for His Spirit to give us the words to say. Yet when the time comes,
we are sure those thoughts planted in our minds are not right to be
said, and we sneak off, out of the situation, without saying them.
When we say we are believing God for something, we are entering
into a trust relationship with Him. That requires that we know Him, that
we trust in His wisdom and His unfailing love. We may not trust the
doctor in the above example, but we trust that God is big enough to give
him wisdom. Or we may not trust our ability to hear God's Spirit, but we
can trust in His Spirit to know how to speak to us in a way we will
understand. There is, therefore, no need to doubt. We don't need to "fly
like a bird to the mountain" in order to be ensured of God's protection!
Unfortunately, we see that everything in the world goes against
this logic. We see others around us making bad choices. We see our
leaders lying and cheating. We even see our pastors and priests falling
into temptation. This, my friends, is not new. Psalm 11, written by
David so many hundreds of years ago, describes something similar:
"The wicked are stringing their bows
and fitting their arrows on the bowstrings.
at those whose hearts are right.
The foundations of law and order have collapsed.
What can the righteous do?" (Vs. 2,3 NLT)
With all the bad that is happening around us, it is so hard to
truly trust and so easy to scratch our heads and ask, "Where is God in
all of this?" Yet God asks us to know and love Him enough to trust Him,
no matter how many there are who "shoot from the shadows at those whose
hearts are right". He asks us to trust in His unfailing love for us
that He has proven time and time again, and that He solidified with the
cross of Jesus Christ (See
"Where is God in all of this" you ask? Let's look:
"But the Lord is in his holy Temple;
the Lord still rules from heaven.
He watches everyone closely,
examining every person on earth."
In all of this, God is in His holy temple, and He rules from
Heaven. He asks us to trust that He is not blind, that He knows when the
wicked are trying to destroy us; for:
"The Lord examines both the righteous and the wicked.
He hates those who love violence.
He will rain down blazing coals and burning sulfur on the
punishing them with scorching winds." (Vs.
In His love for mankind, God is just. He looks at the wicked.
They will receive their just punishment. We can trust in God's
omniscience and His justice!
And what about the righteous?
"For the righteous Lord loves justice.
The virtuous will see his face." (Vs. 7 NLT)
Those who love and trust in the Lord will receive the ultimate in rewards: to "see His face"!
And herein lies perhaps the most beautiful picture of the
purpose of the first 41 songs in the Psalms: When our relationship with
God is bound up in love and respect, our ultimate reward is the highest
honour in the universe: to "see His face"!
Never forget: it matters not what the wicked do and say; when
we cling to God, we will "see His face", for "the Lord is in His holy
temple; the Lord still rules from Heaven"!
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author --
"Aboard God's Train -- A
Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet
Scriptural Nuggets, a
website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with
Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.
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