The One Who Trusts In The Lord Will See His Face–Psalm 11

The One Who Trusts In The Lord Will See His Face–Psalm 11

In the Lord I take refuge;
    how can you say to me,
    “Flee like a bird to the mountains!
See how the wicked string their bows,
    fit their arrows to the string
    to shoot from the shadows at the upright of heart.
If foundations are destroyed,
    what can the just one do?”

The Lord is in His Holy Temple;
    the Lord’s throne is in Heaven.
God’s eyes keep careful watch;
    they test the children of Adam.
The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,
    hates those who love violence,
And rains upon the wicked
    fiery coals and brimstone,
    a scorching wind their allotted cup.
The Lord is just and loves just deeds;
    the upright will see His face.

The One Who Trusts In The Lord Will See His Face–Psalm 11

Psalm 11 is a song of trust. One that also examines the question of God’s interest in human events (or lack thereof) raised in Psalm 10. Many people doubt the existence of God today, while many others believe He exists but is detached from human affairs. This psalm professes that God is not at all indifferent to human affairs but is actually incredibly attentive to every human act, thought, deed and desire. God always wills what is good and just, and honors those who trust in His ultimate (and coming; final) judgement.

King David is notorious for his unwavering trust in the Lord. During severe persecution, his friends encouraged him to flee to the mountains for shelter (v 1-3). But instead of seeking temporary refuge in a cave, the innocent psalmist reaffirmed his steadfast confidence in God instead — patiently awaiting His deliverance. David wholeheartedly and unapologetically believed in the Lord’s protection, comfort, and justice; not in the illusion of human intellect and might (v 4-7).

As you prayerfully read over this psalm, reflect on King David’s steadfast trust in the Lord. In order for the Lord to show His true magnificence and power in our lives, He requires a full and unbridled surrender. Those courageous enough to submit all things to Christ, trusting in Him and Him alone, are promised to “see His face” (v 7). They will be given direct access to the vision and beatitude (bliss) of God. This is the very place, by the way, one will find the greatest fulfillment, happiness and peace this side of Heaven.

“The Lord is just and loves just deeds; the upright will see His face” -Psalm 11:7.

God’s eyes keep careful watch; they test the children of Adam. [He] tests the righteous and the wicked” -Psalm 11:4-5.

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