23 September 2016

Psalm 11:1-5

"For the Lord is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face." (Psalm 11:7)


Like yesterday, we only have a portion of the Psalm. But in this case only the last two verses are missing. Presumably it is because of the treatment meted out to the wicked, but it means we do not read the affirmation that "the Lord is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face".

Writers have struggled to describe this psalm. At different times, it has been called the prayer of the falsely accused, a psalm of trust and a lament from a national leader at a time of invasion. Strictly speaking it is not a prayer as God is not addressed, but it is a declaration of faith and trust.

The psalm is in two parts. Verses 1-3 are about the writer, the danger they are facing and the appeal to them to escape, "to flee like a bird to the mountains" (v. 1). Verses 4-7 are about God, who will support and provide a refuge to the righteous. There is a link here with Proverbs 18:10 -"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe".

The protection offered by God is an underlying theme throughout, whether it is made in confidence in verse 1 or that his eyes watch over the whole world in verse 4. The reader is left in no doubt that God is ultimately in control.

To Ponder

  • What does it mean to you to be under the protection of God? And how does that work out in daily life?
  • If Psalm 11 can be described as a declaration of faith and trust in God, what would you write or include in your own statement of faith and trust? You make like to write it down on a small piece of paper and carry it with you over the next few days as reminder.

Bible notes author

Ken Kingston

Ken Kingston preaches in the High Wycombe Circuit. He has worked for the Connexional Team since 1992 in a variety of roles and has been involved in 'Called by Name' and 'Time to Talk of God' amongst others.