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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 11

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The First Book of Psalms (c 1-41)
Message: God Provide Stability in Chaos (v 1-7)

Psalms 11 Commentary

(11:1) David Trusts the Lord - David was forced to flee for safety several times. Being God's anointed king did not make him immune to injustice or hatred from Saul and others. He may have written this psalm when Saul was hunting him (1 Samuel 18-31) or during the days of Absalom's rebellion (2 Samuel 15-18). In both instances, David fled, but not as if all was lost. He knew God was in control. While David wisely avoided trouble, he did not fearfully run away from his troubles,

(11:4) Peace in the Midst of a Storm - Here, it seems as though David was encountering those who were advising him to run from his enemies. David's faith contrasted dramatically with the fear of the advisers who were telling him to flee. Faith in God keeps us from losing hope and helps us resist fear. David's advisers were afraid because they saw only frightening circumstances and crumbling foundations. David was comforted and optimistic because he knew God was greater than anything his enemies could bring against him (7:10; 16:1; 31:2-3).

(11:4) A Step of Faith - Trusting means more than simply believing. It means placing our full confidence in God and tying all our hopes to his care for us. When we do this, we can rest and relax in his guidance. For David, this was a life-and-death commitment. Many Christians today find themselves in similar circumstances. We can easily trust God when life is going well. It's much harder to do so during the dark and dangerous times when our trust in God is put to the test. Trust in God's guidance, comfort, and protection when you experience relatively manageable crises so that when the harder times come your trust in him will be unwavering.

(11:4) God is in Control - When the foundations are shaking and you wish you could hide, remember that God is still in control. His power is not diminished by any turn of events. What foundations do you see shaking? Political and social norms are always changing fast. Family foundations are constantly being attacked. You may feel like your whole world is falling apart. Be assured that nothing happens without God's knowledge and permission. When you feel like running away, run to God. He will restore justice and goodness on the earth in his good timing.

(11:5) Allow Difficult Circumstances to Help You Grow - God does not shield believers from difficult circumstances, but he tries (or tests) both the righteous and the wicked. For some, God's tests become a refining fire, while for others, they become an incinerator for destruction. Don't ignore or defy the tests and challenges that come your way. Use them as opportunities for you to grow

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Our Confidence

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalm with Chapter 11. In our text today, we see a theme of God's rule providing stability amid the panic. In making an application, we see that we can face our problems because we trust him. Understanding that God is in control, we can have the confidence to face life's Challenges. Like the hymn says, "Because He lives - I can face tomorrow...for I know He holds the future...because He lives, I can face today" How about you? Do you see that the Lord is in control even when we are not? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to understand that God is in control and that we can face life's Challenges because He is Our Confidence. 


Psalm 11

Psalm 11

 1In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?

 2For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.

 3If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

 4The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD's throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

 5The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

 6Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

 7For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.