Psalm 11 (One Day Late)

So sorry for the delay. This post is a day late, but I hope everyone still read Psalm 11. I will post both today and we will be back on track.

Overview

    This Psalm declares how God is the refuge of David, the Psalmist, and that God is above all things. God sees all that the wicked do and will take care of the judgment of the wicked. God’s actions are righteous and those who are upright in heart will see God.

Characters

David-the Psalmist, the Lord, my soul, the wicked, the upright in heart, the children of man, the righteous, the one who loves violence

Key Verse

Verse 7 “For the Lord is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.”

Cross References

Psalm 33:5 “He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.”

Psalm 17:15 “As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.”

Psalm 140:13 “Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence.”

1 John 3:2-3 “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he us is pure.”

Revelation 22:4-5 “They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”

Conclusion

    These verses all tell me that my relationship with God is very important, and He is the one to run to. I want to be upright in heart, so I need Him. I want Him to protect me from the wicked, so I need Him. I have great hope in Him for all time and beyond time.

Application Challenge: As I challenged before, this psalm and its cross references have some great truths and promises to cling to when you are struggling. Take the time to write one or all of the verses down from this Psalm and cross references that are comforting, encouraging, or helpful to combat doubt for you. Put these in a special place, either start a collection in a container to pull one out whenever you need a reminder or post them around in place you will see often.

Jesus in the Psalm

    When reading this Psalm we see a God that many have determined is solely God in Heaven, far away, completely other. How sad for these people who do not know that Jesus came here so that we could all have relationship with Him. When Jesus teaches us to pray (Davy’s favorite prayer) in Matthew 6:9-10, he teaches us to pray to our Father in heaven, whose will is done here on earth. Jesus is the one we run to, one with God, our refuge.

Matthew 6:9-13 “Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

    Not only does God take care of us from His heavenly home, he also includes us in his sanctification cleaning process.

Romans 16:20 “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”

    With Christ as our foundation we have nothing to fear. We are the man who built his house on the Rock of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 7:25-26 “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.”

And God’s coming judgment against the violent can keep us from growing disheartened, giving us vindication and a promise to see His face. We know that our faith in Jesus Christ is how we receive this reward.*

2 Thessalonians 1:5-8 “This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering—since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.”

John 14:9 “Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”

2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who sad, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

Sorry again for being late, I will post Psalm 12 today, too.

*Note: I am using the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible for the Jesus in the Psalm section, so these are paraphrases of the commentary with my own ideas sprinkled in.

Thank you for reading. I am excited to hear your key verses, observations, and thoughts! Please leave a comment to share them with us.

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