Psalms Chapter 11
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Matthew Henry's Psalms Chapter 11 Bible commentary...
David's struggle with, and triumph over a strong temptation to distrust God, and betake himself to indirect means for his own safety, in a time of danger.
- Those that truly fear God and serve him, are welcome to put their trust in him. The psalmist, before he gives an account of his temptation to distrust God, records his resolution to trust in Him, as that by which he was resolved to live and die. The believer, though not terrified by his enemies, may be tempted, by the fears of his friends, to desert his post, or neglect his work. They perceive his danger, but not his security; they give him counsel that savours of worldly policy, rather than of heavenly wisdom. The principles of religion are the foundations on which the faith and hope of the righteous are built. We are concerned to hold these fast against all temptations to unbelief; for believers would be undone, if they had not God to go to, God to trust in, and future bliss to hope for. The prosperity of wicked people in their wicked, evil ways, and the straits and distresses which the best men are sometimes brought into, tried David's faith. We need not say, Who shall go up to heaven, to fetch us thence a God to trust in? The word is nigh us, and God in the word; his Spirit is in his saints, those living temples, and the Lord is that Spirit. This God governs the world. We may know what men seem to be, but God knows what they are, as the refiner knows the value of gold when he has tried it. God is said to try with his eyes, because he cannot err, or be imposed upon. If he afflicts good people, it is for their trial, therefore for their good. However persecutors and oppressors may prosper awhile, they will for ever perish. God is a holy God, and therefore hates them. He is a righteous Judge, and will therefore punish them. In what a horrible tempest are the wicked hurried away at death! Every man has the portion of his cup assigned him. Impenitent sinner, mark your doom! The last call to repentance is about to be addressed to you, judgement is at hand; through the gloomy shade of death you pass into the region of eternal wrath. Hasten then, O sinner, to the cross of Christ. How stands the case between God and our souls? Is Christ our hope, our consolation, our security? Then, not otherwise, will the soul be carried through all its difficulties and conflicts.
TR's Psalms Chapter 11 comment on 1/03/2013, 8:27am...
In verse three a searing question is asked; "If the foundations be destroyed, what do the righteous do?" It is noteworthy that through all the rest of the Psalm, the righteous are not required to do anything; except (implicitly) to do their duty. We need not fret or fuss or flail about. We need not create yet another program or form another committee. We do well to look up, see the salvation of God, and keep plowing our row. David's answer is that "God is in his holy temple, his eyelids behold the children of men." As Bonhoffer said, "It is the mark of a mature man, as opposed to callow youth that however much he longs for the object of his desire, he stays at his post and does his duty." We have not the strength to resist the evil in this world--but GOD does, and will. Our sober faithfulness and unflinching allegiance to the Spirit and teachings of Jesus will, in the end, be the occasion of God's triumph in human history.
Femi's Psalms Chapter 11 comment on 11/11/2012, 2:25am...
If the foundations be destroyed, what can righteous do? In your words oh! Lord I have my strength. The blood of Jesus Christ cleansing my sins and made me to be righteous in the right hand of Almighty God. I thank you my Fortress..
Christopher's Psalms Chapter 11 comment about verse 3 on 10/24/2012, 7:35pm...
Foundation holds any structure. In fairness to our Christian faith Jesus Christ is the sure foundation. For the righteous to maintain a cordial relationship with the Almighty Father, He has to be in tune with God through Jesus Christ. If there should be any corrosion as a result of sin, confession should be made immediately though the righteous does not deliberately commit sin. The believer has a solid foundation in Christ and must continually depend on Him in all ramifications to avoid any trespass as a result of sin that will give an open room for the devil who is the enemy of our soul.
HARRY ALLISON's Psalms Chapter 11 comment on 8/31/2012, 4:43am...
satan IS DEFEATED!JAMES 4;7....JESUS is in control no matter what the outward signs say sometime....I will PRAISE THE LORD JESUS AT ALL TIMES .HIS PRAISES WILL FOREVER BE IN MY MOUTH .JOIN ME!
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