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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

  • Mild Bill
    Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? Rom2:4
  • Irene123
    To Sue M. - Jn. 3:16; "....... that whosoever BELIEVETH in Him ....... "; Jn. 14:15; If we believe in Him (to 'know' there is a God is not the same as believing in Him); to believe in Him is to obey His commandments; if we obey - then we love Him. Along with Hector D. I hope this helps you.
  • Hector D
    God does not hate like man hates. God's hatred is toward sin, He will separate the sinner from Himself. This is not contradictory to God's love, for in his love for sinners God has made it possible for sin to be forgiven so that all can be reconciled to God. John 3:1-21, God talks about the New Birth! God is not willing that any should parish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
  • Danielle
    Even though God loves us, he can still put us to tests. Read the book of Job.
  • LaVonne
    Sue M. John 3:16 "Whosoever believeth in him" Do the wicked
  • Eva
    There is much preaching about Loving; as God is Love. But even Jesus overturned the money changers' tables in anger. Be angry, and sin not. In Genesis we read God hated Essau. It is my belief that we are to ask God's discernment in every situation to respond correctly, knowing God is omnipotent, and perfect in all His ways. The Potter shows mercy, but not on all. In Christ/Eva
  • Eric
    The Psalmist of chapter 11 has one understanding of God, Chirst in the gospel of John, has another. Yet both are included in the same Bible, the same religion, the same church. And so it is with Christians.
  • Sue M
    I would like to open a discussion about verse 5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
    My question is, how do we reconcile this verse with John 3:16? Thanks for your insights.

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According to Psalm 11, where is the Lord's throne?
  • In a private location
  • On a mountain
  • On earth
  • In heaven
  • In New Jersey