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Psalm 11: Only The Righteous Will See God’s Face

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Psalm 11: Only The Righteous Will See God’s Face

In the Lord I take refuge.
    How then can you say to me:
    “Flee like a bird to your mountain.
For look, the wicked bend their bows;
    they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
    at the upright in heart.
When the foundations are being destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?”

The Lord is in His Holy Temple;
    the Lord is on His Heavenly Throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
    His eyes examine them.
The Lord examines the righteous,
    but the wicked, those who love violence,
    He hates with a passion.
On the wicked He will rain
    fiery coals and burning sulfur;
    a scorching wind will be their lot.

For the Lord is righteous,
    He loves justice;
    the upright will see His face.

[Psalm 11:1-7]


When King David is tempted to distrust God and take matters into his own hands, he leans into Him instead – reminding himself of Who God is. Sitting on His Heavenly Throne, the Lord observes every person on earth. He knows the righteous and He knows the evil doers. This psalm actually points out that the Lord “hates” the wicked (those who love violence) “with a passion.”

You are His beloved child and if someone does something to hurt you, they are in effect hurting the ‘apple of God’s eye’ – and thus, punishment will be severe (v 6). The Lord is righteous and He loves justice. Therefore, it is the upright, and the upright only, who will one day see Him face to face.

Like King David, keep trusting in your Heavenly Father no matter how things look today.

[Read and mediate on the words of this psalm. Trust in His guidance and protection.]

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