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1 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?

2 For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.

3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

4 The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

7 For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.

Commentary for Psalms 11

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 11

  • Irene123
    To Goodness - Why do bad things happen to good people? As far as living in this world is concerned, before we are with Him in Heaven - everybody has to experience the good and bad; for the Christian the bad helps us grow in Him; for the bad it (hopefully) helps them to see Him; Matt. 5:45; Eccl.2:14,15; 8:14; 9:11. These verses will help you understand.
  • Michael C.
    Goodness cont...We will find out what God has purposed for each of us, when we look unto Jesus; and remember what the Lord prayed from the cross; Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do! God had a purpose for sending Jesus to die for our sins; and He has purpose in sending us as lambs in the midst of wolves. Just take heart, and know that the Lord Jesus is with us all the days.
  • Jacquelyn
    Praise God My Father to my life I can see his salvation I can see the turn over of his grace to me I am thankful for the things that I took for granted the little things that are so precious in his sight like the grass the trees the birds that sing I am grateful that I have a humble relationship with God I pray daily read HIS WORD DAILY And I can pray for and with my family SO MUCH HIS HAND WE SEE
  • Michael C.
    Goodness; if you want to know why there is sweat in our faces, and sorrow in our hearts; look at what happened to our species in the very beginning; Genesis 3. God did not kill Adam and Eve outright for their carelessness, stupidity and sin: He demanded an account of what had happened, and pronounced judgment upon the one who caused it; the devil. The man was let go upon the word of Christ coming.
  • Shirley M. Smith
    Praise God. It was asked why? Do Yahweh allow suffering upon his people. First of all God is not a father who goes around killing or just bring curses upon anyone. Read Hebrews 3:7-19 Yahweh is speaking through Brother Paul. Telling us the believers not to Harden our hearts against Yahweh. If we do the wages of sins is consequences. Amen obedience is better than a sacrifice. So listen to Yahweh. A
  • Goodness
    If the Lord loves the righteous why he allows them to suffer pains and agony of all expects of life?

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According to Psalm 11, where is the Lord's throne?
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  • On a mountain
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