When the foundations are shaken, what will the righteous do?

Psalm 11:1-3

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?”

As David wrote this Psalm, his life was in danger. He was running away from King Saul who wanted to destroy him and his men. Similarly, in a time of pandemic, you may relate to this. You may feel a threat to the well-being of you and your loved ones’ safety. What did David do? He revealed his faith in God

Psalm 11:4-7

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.

He is confident that God is in heaven and He sees everyone and everything that is happening. And in the end David notes that the righteous – that is Christians like us – will see His face. The face of God implies salvation.

What do we do when the foundations are shaken?

  1. We must first get the right view of God and make a commitment to Him

    In John 6:68 – Jesus had taught heavy doctrine about his body and blood and the crowds started distancing themselves from Him. He asked his disciples whether they too wanted to leave. But Peter answered – Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

  2. We should not flee from the battle but we are called to stand for what we Christians believe.

    In 2 Timothy,the Bible talks about the end times. That scripture says: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people

  3. We should refuse to give in to anxiety or fear of the unknown but be confident in the Lord’s presence. He is on the throne, He is in control and is aware of everything that is happening.
    In the book of Isaiah 6:1, he says ” I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple”
  • Have courage to face the fact that foundations are shaking. The pandemic is here and it will affect us all directly or indirectly.
  • Have a determination to move forward – having unmovable faith in God’s ability to see us through it.
  • Have a positive attitude to declare the Lord remains God no matter what.