What Can the Righteous Do?
Today’s Text: Psalm 11:1-4, 7
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
David’s kingdom was under attack, not from the outside, but from within. His son Absalom was attempting to depose him. The king’s advisors counseled him to give up and run. He records his thought process in the following psalm:
PSALM 11:1-4, 7
“In the Lord I put my trust;
How can you say to my soul,
‘Flee as a bird to your mountain?’
For look! The wicked bend their bow,
They make ready their arrow on the string,
That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart.
If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?
The Lord is in His holy temple,
The Lord’s throne is in heaven;
His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.
For the Lord is righteous,
He loves righteousness;
His countenance beholds the upright.
David would never relinquish his kingdom while it was under attack. He asked, “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” His was not a query of resignation, but an expression of resolve. David was not about to desert the throne in the face of a new challenge. This was no time to hide. He defended the foundations of law and order in his kingdom.
The principle articulated in the 11th Psalm is just as relevant today. Forces are working to destroy the foundations of righteousness. Now is not the time to run away or bury our heads in the sand.
Today, as we remember the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price to protect freedom, it is only fitting we intensify our resolve to defend the Judeo-Christian foundations upon which liberty and freedom rest.
Every word and action has the potential to impact not just today, but shapes the future for generations yet to be born. With confidence in the Lord, you can be a voice for truth. You can demonstrate righteousness in your sphere of influence. For, “there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Heb. 4: 13).
Charles E. McCracken is an international Bible teacher, long-time friend of Israel and advocate for the Jewish people. Rev. McCracken is known for authenticity in communicating biblical truth that makes his presentations relevant for those seeking to understand the significance of Israel and the church in Bible prophecy. He staunchly supports the nation of Israel and the Jewish people’s right to exist and live in peace.
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1) Quote by Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Sr. at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.