Today’s Psalm, penned by David, draws our attention to three main thoughts.
First: “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (11:3)
Good question. Unfortunately, this is the ongoing agenda of those committed to the purposes of “the darkness.”
Scripture informs us that: “we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:12) It is so easy to focus our attention on the failings, or flawed notions, of human beings – but those who are unaware of the influences circumventing their thought processes, have no realization that they are only “pawns” in the great chess game of life.
The real battle, the real opposition, comes from the evil that exists in the unseen realm… and seeks to invade this physical world, and advance their destructive cause, through willing human benefactors.
At the heart of this agenda is the idea of destroying the very foundations for morality and character – things that God designed, based on His Own Nature. So we see behaviors (and even laws) twisted to include things that are detrimental to what we were all designed to be. We see an undermining emphasis of dismissing personal responsibility for our actions – and for eliminating all notions of truth and of a standard of behavior that reflects the desires of our Creator.
Once the foundations crumble (as they inevitably will, if unchecked), what remains of righteousness?
If every person is a law unto themselves… there is no moral law.
It is interesting, that thousands of years ago… David was offering this warning – and felt the effects of “the dark agenda” in his own day (11:1-2).
David’s solution to the advance of “darkness” in his day, is also our solution. He appeals to us to seek the Most High!
“But the LORD is in His holy Temple; the LORD still rules from heaven. He watches everyone closely, examining every person on earth.” (11:4)
David appeals to mankind’s’ ONLY hope… ever. God sits in a position of ruling authority. He has the power to bring His light into direct confrontation with the darkness. He is fully aware of what is going on. Nothing is hidden from His sight (Hebrews 4:13). And His thoughts are succinct and clear about such matters.
God will address and judge the wicked. David tells us: “His soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.” (11:5) When God “hates,” it means that those who choose to give rise to the agenda of the darkness will make themselves the enemy of God – and HE will oppose their cause and address their rebellion with an appropriate and devastating response.
He will pour out His wrath on those whose thoughts and actions oppose His Own (11:6).
But this will not happen overnight. God is patient… “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2Peter 3:9) It may seem that God has turned a deaf ear or a blind eye to the advancement of the darkness – but He is only delaying judgment until all hope is completely gone.
So how does that help the righteous?
David closes his Psalm with an amazing thought… and promise. “For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face.” (11:7)
God’s ever-present solution to the problem is to bring a revelation of Himself to His people. He will grant the righteous special insight into His Presence… into His closeness… into the fact that He is with them (even in the midst of the darkness).
This is no small thing. If we know that God is really with us, no matter what we face, we are never without strength, hope, or comfort.
David reminds us, that in the end, Almighty God will have the final say… and in the meantime, those who will seek Him… will KNOW that He is certainly with us.