Daily Readings & Thought for January 5th. “IF THE FOUNDATIONS ARE DESTROYED”
The Psalms of David, words he crafted under inspiration out of all the challenges he faced, are often meditations on his relationship with God – and reveal what a totally committed relationship it was. This commitment was supremely evident when he went forth to face Goliath.
David’s words, are the outcome of a mind of dedicated perceptions of God in action. They are an inspiration for us today as the overflowing spirit of godlessness that surrounds us can, at times, threaten to mentally suffocate us. Psalm 11 starts, “In the LORD I take refuge” and David proceeds to pose the question, “… if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” [v.3]
To a large extent the spiritual foundations that the world, especially the western world, have built up over the many generations since the Bible was first printed some 450 years ago, have beendestroyed in recent years. David’s answer to his question – is equally the answer we seek today: let us meditate on the answer he found. ” … the LORD’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man. The LORD tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.” [v.4,5]
The conclusion of David’s inspired prayer of petition may well have an ultimate application to our days. It was that God will “… rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind …” [v.6]
In contrast, we embrace into our hearts David’s conclusion to his Psalm. He declares, “For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.”
What a wondrous blessing to be among the upright – for the first verse of the next Psalm is becoming more true than ever! “Save, O LORD, for … the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.” As a result – today “the foundations are” close to being “destroyed”
Our thoughts go to the concluding words of Hebrews ch. 12 we reflected on a month ago, “”Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens … in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”