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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

  • Alex
    About one losing their salvation which can only be initiated by HIS WORD HIS VOICE ETC.HIS WORD CANNOT RETURN UNTO HIM VOID, IT HAS TO PROSPER IN WHAT IT WAS SENT TO DO ISAIAH 55. Thus one cannot lose their salvation if it has been initiated by his Word ITS ONLY THEM THAT HAVE NOT THAT LOSE WHAT THEY THINK THEY HAVE, BUT UNTO THEM THAT HATH SHALL MORE BE GIVEN. MY WORD CANNOT RETURN UNTO ME VOID
  • A disciple
    Bill; Haven't I tried to be friendly? Haven't I written good things by the Spirit and according to the Love of our Saviour? Why do you insist on being an adversary, and seek to catch others in something that you might accuse? I shake off my feet against you: notwithstanding, be sure of this; that the kingdom of God has come near to you. I just keep going on with the Lord!
  • Mild Bill
    A disciple, All I say is what the Lord and His servants have written to us, about the tree being known by its fruit, and doing what Jesus has commanded us to do if we love Him. What an echo from Eden!Adding your work to Christ's death, for saving of your soul, is not being saved by grace and mercy. "not by works of righteousness which we have done""justified by his grace"Titus 3.You omit truth.
  • A disciple
    Bill; It seems to me that you are trying to be confrontational, and wrenching on a presumed meaning in my words. All I say is what the Lord and His servants have written to us, about the tree being known by its fruit, and doing what Jesus has commanded us to do if we love Him. 2 Peter 1 explains very well how we are to DO these things; both for being able to walk and not stumble and to be saved!
  • Mild Bill
    A disciple, Not we.Christians appear before the judgement seat of Christ, not the great white throne,as do unbelievers."being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh,hath he quickened together with him,having forgiven you all trespasses.Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us,which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way,nailing it to his cross".Saved!
  • A disciple
    Hi Bill; Additionally, when the Lord shall sit on the throne of His Glory, and all Nations shall be gathered before Him; He will separate us one from another, completely based on our works, and whether we were good and kind toward even the little ones who belong to Jesus! Ignorance can never be an excuse, although it will be claimed by many; for the Lord knows the truth why we do good or don't!
  • A disciple
    Bill (cont.); and even the verse you reference (John 8:36) has to do with "Continuing in Jesus' Word in order to be His disciples indeed." You see that the ones He was talking to were some Jews that believed on Him; but eventually drew a line where they would go no farther. They made themselves of the devil by choosing to be hostile and unbelieving, after having once believed. This is very common!
  • A disciple
    Bill; you asked, "Are you saying that God chooses you for salvation and you can thwart his will and be lost?" Yes, I believe so! Why else would He warn us so much about being doers of the things He says, and of the need to take heed that no one mislead us? As long as we continue faithful with Him, He withholds nothing that we need to grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus and endure unto the end.

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