Psalm 11-12

May 16, 2023    Pastor Daryl Zachman

“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3, NKJV)


David lived in evil days. He described them like this:


“On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the children of man.” (Psalm 12:8, ESV)


Does this sound familiar? We also live in evil days where man’s idolatry, immorality and iniquity go from bad to worse. The moral foundations on which our country was built have disintegrated. As David said, “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” We become increasingly ignored, marginalized, and despised by a godless culture. Some people advised David to run from the conflict and flee to the mountains (11:1-2). But David took refuge in the LORD.


Many of us struggle knowing what to do in such evil days. Part of us would like to flee to the mountains or purchase our own island in the Caribbean. But when Jesus prayed for His church, He didn’t ask the Father to take us out of the world but to keep us from the evil one. The Lord wants us to be salt and light in the world and not huddle together in a Christian commune insulated and isolated from the very people He calls us to reach. Jesus came to seek and to save what is lost, and He calls His people to follow in His steps.


Like David, we must also take refuge in the LORD. He is our God and King. He is in His holy temple, seated on His throne in heaven. He sees, hears and knows everything. He tests the righteous, but brings fiery judgment upon the wicked.


What are the righteous to do? We must trust in the LORD with all our hearts, stand upon the righteous foundation of God’s Word, and let our light shine in the world.


“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21, NKJV)