Psalm 11 — Refusing to give in to fear

This passage reminds me somewhat of what happened to Nehemiah.  In an attempt to get the Jews to stop their work on the walls, their enemies bribed a priest to make Nehemiah think his life was in danger and to get him to hide in the temple.  But Nehemiah said,

Should a man like me run away?  Or should someone like me go into the temple to save his life?  I will not go!  (Nehemiah 6:11)

In the same way, David wrote,

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?” (1-3)

David and Nehemiah had one thing in common.  They refused to give in to fear.  Rather, they put their trust in the Lord.  People would have had them panic, saying, “Everything is falling apart!  What are we going to do?”

But they stood firm, and would not be moved.  David wrote about the confidence he had, saying,

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.  (4-5)

In other words, “God is here.  He sees what’s going on.  He’s in control.  He is watching over me, and he will deal with those who would do me harm.”

Then he finishes by saying,

For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.  (7)

How about you?  Do you have a similar confidence in the Lord?   When the world around you seems to be falling apart, do you give in to panic?  Or have you made the Lord your refuge?  Have you put your complete trust in him, knowing that he has his hand on you even if you can’t see it?

As Isaiah wrote,

In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.  (Isaiah 30:15)

Let us not be like the Israelites who gave into their fear, but let us be like Nehemiah and David who put their full trust in the Lord who is faithful.

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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