A Word from Pastor David…
What the Righteous Can Do When the Foundations are Destroyed
By David White
“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do” PS 11:3
When the moral, judicial, financial, governmental, and even spiritual foundations of a society are being or are already destroyed, the question that should be asked is, what can the righteous do about it?
When being pursued and threatened by the king, David asked, “How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain”? David acknowledged and understood the gravity of what was being conspired against him when he unapologetically shouted, “For look! The wicked bend their bow. They make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart” (PS 11:2).
“Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; For truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey” (IS 59:14-15).
David acted like a king long before he was made king. He was more concerned with how he would respond to the threats before him than simply escaping them. Contained in the Psalm are ways the righteous can respond in the times at hand.
First, the righteous should discern and clearly identify the danger before us as only the initial step in our response.
In refusing to escape to the mountains David was not ignoring the dangers he now faced. It’s just that David had already faced and overcame threats posed by the lion, a bear and an uncircumcised Philistine named Goliath.
Without hesitation David addressed this latest danger by boldly declaring, “In the Lord I put my trust” (PS 11:1a). Likewise, our declaration in this hour must unequivocally be, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will remember and trust in the name of the Lord our God” (PS 20:7 Amp). Included in the Revelation being revealed is how Jesus truly is the One, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Rev 1:8), and how “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb 13:8).
“…David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand…” (I Sam 17:37).
Second, the righteous should remember and make their every move on who is reigning and not by who is not!
In the Psalm David proclaimed, “The Lord is in His holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven” (PS 11:4a).
David understood who was ultimately reigning and ruling and it was not the one who was threatening him. Written in another Psalm we read, “God is the King of all the earth… God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne” (PS 47:7a, 8). There is only one King whose kingdom is assured to never end and at this precise moment is increasing in the earth. In every situation Jesus is King!
“Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end” (IS 9:7).
Third, in times of testing the righteous should view their circumstances as an opportunity for God to show Himself faithful and true.
In describing one aspect of the nature of our Lord we read, “His eyelids test the sons of men, the Lord tests the righteous” (PS 11:4b-5a).
Maybe more than anyone, Job understood the righteous judgments of the Lord. He persevered in every situation being confident in the end intended by the Lord (see James 5:11).
Job’s perseverance, even during times of intense suffering, is evidenced when he said, “When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10a). Although every believer will experience times of testing, God’s tests are specifically and individually designed to prove who He is more than who we are not. The Psalm ends with, “The Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright” which can also be translated, “The upright beholds His countenance”.
Fourth, the righteous can be assured that God Himself will eventually address the wicked. A day of reckoning will come.
We find in the Psalm, “But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind shall be the portion of their cup” (PS 11:5b-6).
In their pursuit to become like God every man and woman will one day stand before God as one who must give an account of the deeds done in this life.
While acknowledging that the rich, (elite of the earth), held back by fraud the wages which belonged to the laborers and how they had condemned and “murdered the just (innocent)” (James 5:6) without resistance, still a promise remained.
“Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days” (James 5:1-3).
Finally, when the foundations are destroyed the righteous should do what only the righteous can and must do.
For example, it’s only the righteous who can cry out to their God in time of need with absolute confidence He will hear and move on their behalf. It’s the righteous who are bold as a lion and have nothing to fear. It’s only the righteous who have been given spiritual authority, “to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).
It’s the righteous who have a covenant with the One who has placed His Spirit upon us and His word in our mouth as a standard to be lifted up against the flood of evil threatening the land.
Surely, it’s the righteous who can intercede on behalf of those, “who cannot discern between their right hand and their left” (Jonah 4:11) and who will eventually inherit the earth.
When the foundations are destroyed there is much the righteous can do!