Today is the inauguration of the 46th president of the United States. I don’t know where you fall on the political spectrum, if this is a celebration or a time of mourning. There is one thing I am confident about — God is still in heaven and he still rules! This psalm says it well.
1I trust in the Lord for protection. So why do you say to me,“Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety! 2The wicked are stringing their bows and fitting their arrows on the bowstrings. They shoot from the shadows at those whose hearts are right. 3The foundations of law and order have collapsed. What can the righteous do?” 4But the Lord is in his holy Temple; the Lord still rules from heaven.Psalm 11:1-4
Today this scripture is especially relevant. It is a worthwhile endeavor to unpack it in order to discover the true treasure of the psalmist’s words.
I trust in the Lord for protection. This is the psalmist’s posture and it is my posture. I shared it yesterday, I will share it tomorrow and the next day. Who do you trust? Who do you look to for protection?
So why do you say to me . . . the foundations of law and order have collapsed. What can the righteous do? There is a habit of birds that best illustrates my response to this question. I believe it is due to having fixed eyes or possibly the way they hear sound, but they tilt their head to one side as they hop along. What can the righteous do? I tilt my head and reply, “go back and read the beginning.”
How can I be still when it appears society is falling apart? For only one reason . . .
The Lord is in his holy Temple; the Lord still rules from heaven!
Today, in whatever you choose to do, remember this simple truth. The Lord still rules from heaven. That is something I can celebrate every day!
P/S – It really would be worth the few minutes it takes to read this entire psalm. It is filled with confident hope of God’s sovereignty! Read it here!