Text: Psalms 11:1-3
(Psalms 11:3) “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
When the first verse of this text (Psalm 11:1) is reviewed, David made two very important statements. First, he said, “In the LORD put I my trust.” Second, he said, “…how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?” David was saying, ‘Why do I need to run, seeing that my hope is in God?’
The answer to those addressing David said, (Psalm 11:2-3) “For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart. (3) If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” They said to David, ‘The enemy is ready to shoot at you; they are after the upright in heart. At any rate, what is the use; if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?’
This same opposition facing David in his day, is also facing every true child of God today who is upright in their heart and is walking in faith and holiness. It would bear little fruit to list the foundations and in what way they are destroyed. The reason being is that the majority of the so-called churches of Jesus Christ today are so far removed from the “ancient Landmarks” of the faith, once delivered to the saints; any mention of the “Old Paths” would not be recognized, or accepted, as truth.
The modern-day church has opened the door to “political correctness” rather than Scriptural correctness. The sad thing is that this has been happening in the so-called Christian colleges, Christian Seminaries, and in the local assemblies, for many, many years. Now, the generation that houses the church has been starved “sheep food” for so long, they think the fodder they get from most pulpits is the truth. When a preacher begins to preach line upon line, precept upon precept, from the Written Word of God – the “milk-drinkers” cannot assimilate the “meat” of the Word of God. They rise up and fire the preacher and label him a heretic. This type of action toward the man of God preaching the Meat of the Word reveals the church is full of “wilderness dwellers” (those who walk by sight, guided by the flesh – lust of the flesh, lust of the eye and the pride of life; those represented by the children of Israel, who said: We are grasshoppers in our own sight) and not “Canaan Dwellers” (those who have crossed Jordan; and are walking by faith or by Christ, Who is the Faith (Gal. 2:20; Heb. 11:6); represented by Joshua and Caleb).
Take note, child of God; the Foundations have not been destroyed, if you understand Who, not What, is the Foundation; for God is The Foundation. God has not stopped being the Creator, the Controller, and the Consummator of all His creation, animate and inanimate. God’s Word is Eternal and shall never pass away. Truth is still truth, and shall always be truth. The Foundation is not dependent upon man and his view of the Foundation. God is God and shall always be God.
The problem is the perception of God’s people. Their perception gets cloudy when the child of God starts walking in his flesh (sight walking), instead of walking in the power of the Holy Spirit. The problem is not God or His Word; nor is it the standard, or plan and pathway for His creation; but, the lack of His people walking by faith. Christ, and only Christ, is the Rock of Salvation; both physically and spiritually. Dependence upon anything or anyone other than Christ is the “sinking sand”; and it shall fail when the storms come.
The foundation of society is God’s law and God’s revealed order. The law is to reveal unrighteousness; and order is a must to allow society to function. God set up human law in Genesis 2; and the law was His word of instruction to Adam and Eve of what to do and what not to do. God set up order when He created all things; especially male and female, and joined them together to be one, for a type of oneness (even Christ and the Church), and for reproduction of the species. When God’s law and God’s order for His creation to function properly is violated, or transgressed; then, trouble begins.
Political correctness, when it goes contrary to the Word of God, is the formula for defeat and destruction. Political correctness is the poison of the flesh, and is the fruit of rebellion to God’s law and order. When a society calls good evil, and evil good, and darkness light, and light darkness – this is a telltale sign (an indication) that the depravity of man is the prevailing precedence.
But, when a person does stand up for the law and order of God; then, in today’s society, he is styled a bigot (a person who is intolerant toward those holding a different opinion); a deplorable, someone who is poor and ignorant, a narrow-minded, pro-life, conservative, Bible-thumping, gun-toting, patriot; a low life, who has to have a crutch, a god, to survive, and who is against socialism and government welfare.
To close, note the question of the naysayers and the sight walkers, (Psa. 11:3) “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” The answer is as follows, to those of you that have put your trust in the LORD:
- First, do not listen to the naysayers or to the doubters; for God is The Foundation that is Sure and Stedfast and shall never fail you. Always reject the seed of doubt sown by the flesh. Face the giant, as David did, in the Name of the God of Israel. No matter what “they” say, (Psa. 115:2-3)“Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?” Your reply must be: (3) “But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.” (Pro 19:21) “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.”
- Secondly, believe and trust God’s Word. Know Who God is and Where God is at all times. (Psa. 11:4)“The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.” Know how God views the wicked, and God’s judgment on the wicked (Psa. 11:5-6) “The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. (6) Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.” The battle belongs to the Lord; and not to the believer’s strength. What the believer is to do is trust the Promises of God. The believer does not have to defend God; God will, and does, defend Himself. Judgment is in the hand of God. The believer has no power to do anything; it is God and His Plan and Purpose that executes judgment upon the enemy.
- Third, know Whom the LORD loveth, (Psa. 11:7)“For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.”
Child of God, be still and trust God; and see how the matter will fall. God’s love will never fail the believer.