Psalm 11:2-4 – What Can The Righteous Do?

Psalm 11:2-4
2
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?
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.
-“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”  You may have heard this passage referenced or this question asked to describe times of extreme trial or evil.  It’s a good question and one that’s designed to make us think.  But never forget that the Bible is not a book of questions, it is a book of answers.  The answer in this case is set up in the very next verse, “The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven“.  You don’t have to be discouraged if the foundations crumble; you don’t even have to be discouraged if the walls crumble and the roof falls in- God is still on the throne.  God doesn’t need a foundation because He is a Foundation; He is our Rock and our Fortress (Psalm 18:2); He is our Corner Stone and Sure Foundation (Isaiah 28:16).  So remember the question, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”  It is not rhetorical; it is very real and if it hasn’t come up in your life already, it will.  What answer do we give?  The same answer Jehoshaphat gave when he felt the walls falling in around him- “Neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon [God].” (2 Chronicles 20:12)
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