When we pray Psalm 11, we here the voice of the Church as the true body of Christ proclaiming the only real safety is, “in the Lord” (v 1). He is the only completely safe place. This is a frequent theme of the psalmist. He knows that in the Lord he will find shelter and refuge.
As we journey through this dark and dangerous world, we can know…we must know, that the Church of Jesus Christ (the Body) is our place of refuge; the righteous run into it and are saved (Prov. 18:10). The Church is the “holy temple” (v 4) from which Christ reigns, and it extends from the reaches of Heaven to the ends of the earth.
The psalmist doesn’t need to flee to the mountains to escape the evil that is chasing him (v 1) and neither do we. We only need to stand strong in the name of the Lord. Jesus Christ is the true “upright in heart” (v 2), and when we stand strong in the power of His might (Eph. 6:10), we are more than conquerors.
The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked (v 5), but we know we can pass the test, not in our strength, but in His. Are you feeling the test? Sometimes we just want the tests to go away. I’m sure the psalmist did too; you can hear it in his voice. But like the psalmist we must keep praising the name of the Lord. We must not give up. No matter what happens, each day we must lose ourselves in his mercy and grace. Just as God was faithful to save Lot from Sodom and Gomorrah, so too He will be faithful to rescue us from the coming storms of fire and brimstone.
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