Trust in the Lord and you shall stand firm

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07.13.2018 – Old Testament: Psa 11.1–3

To read the Bible in a year, read Psalms 10–12 on July 13, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

David declared the theme of his life, which was to stand boldly before his enemies, but his friends thought that he was in such danger that he needed to flee:

In the LORD I put my trust;
How can you say to my soul,
“Flee as a bird to your mountain”?
“For look! The wicked bend their bow,
They make ready their arrow on the string,
That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart.
If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?”
(Psalm 11.1–3)

You will notice that I have added quotation marks starting at the fourth line and at the end of the last line. Here is why I added them.

David declared that he put his trust in the Lord. Therefore, he questioned his friends on how they could possibly tell him to flee as a bird to the mountain. Then, I believe, they responded with the words that we have in verses 2 and 3. They told him that the wicked had their bows ready, and if they killed David, who was like a foundation to the righteous in Israel, what would they do? They would be without their leader. They would be like sheep without a shepherd.

No, David stood bravely against any enemy who sought to attack him because he had made the Lord his trust, and that is how your heart will be, if you make the Lord your trust.

Questions:

  • Do you trust the Lord with all your heart?
  • Have people told you that such trust is not enough?

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