David is confident in God’s justice, even when the wicked seem to be having their way.

BibleGateway: Psalm 11:1-7

ESV Text: Psalm 11:1-7

Psalm 11

The Lord Is in His Holy Temple

To the choirmaster. Of David.

11:1   In the LORD I take refuge;
  how can you say to my soul,
    “Flee like a bird to your mountain,
  for behold, the wicked bend the bow;
    they have fitted their arrow to the string
    to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
  if the foundations are destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?”1

  The LORD is in his holy temple;
    the LORD’s throne is in heaven;
    his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
  The LORD tests the righteous,
    but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
  Let him rain coals on the wicked;
    fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
  For the LORD is righteous;
  he loves righteous deeds;
    the upright shall behold his face.


[1] 11:3 Or for the foundations will be destroyed; what has the righteous done?


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 11

     1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain? 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. 5 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. 7 For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 651:
Be Still, My Soul

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Be still, my soul; the Lord is on thy side; 
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain; 
Leave to thy God to order and provide; 
In every change He faithful will remain. 
Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heavenly, Friend 
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end. 

2. Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake 
To guide the future as He has the past. 
Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake; 
All now mysterious shall be bright at last. 
Be still, my soul; the waves and winds still know 
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below. 

3. Be still, my soul, though dearest friends depart 
And all is darkened in the vale of tears; 
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart, 
Who comes to soothe thy sorrows and thy fears. 
Be still, my soul; thy Jesus can repay 
From His own fulness all He takes away. 

4. Be still, my soul; the hour is hastening on 
When we shall be forever with the Lord, 
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone, 
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored. 
Be still, my soul; when change and tears are past, 
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.