Psalms 11: Why Are You Trusting?

Psalms 11 is all about David wanting to trust God. However, right from the first verse you notice that other people don’t really understand why he is doing what he is doing.

Psa 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?

Psa 11:2  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.

Psa 11:3  If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

Basically, he is talking to some other person who asks him why he is waiting around and trusting God. After all, the evil people are right there ready to kill him. They have their bows already bent. Whoever that other person is told David that he really needs to run away and take care of himself. After all, if David, as the King and the foundation of the government, is destroyed, the evil people have pretty much won.

Here is how David responded.

Psa 11:4  The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

Psa 11:5  The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

Psa 11:6  Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

Psa 11:7  For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.

Basically, you can summarize those four verses by saying that God will judge the evil and take care of the righteous. All of those concerns that the first person brought up are really irrelevant for David. He was determined that God would take care of him no matter what.

I hope that we can have this kind of attitude. People might wonder why we have this trust in God. For David, he had this experience. He knew that God had delivered him before, and he was confident that God would deliver him again. When you experience God, you develop that trust more and more. As you might remember from the narrative of David life, he had experienced many things that would strengthen this trust. I hope that we can learn from him and use his testimony to strengthen our own faith.

About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

Posted on November 23, 2013, in Psalms and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hi Zak! What a superb description and example of King David’s faith in our Lord, under some of the scariest circumstances, Wow!! I too hope and pray that we (I) can trust The Lord God this way in our own lives, for I & my family (friends also, & church/Body of Christ), have Definitely been rescued and delivered by God SO many times, (& didn’t always recognize and/or acknowledge these miracles w/thanks to God) & I know I don’t have (yet) or demonstrate this much true Faith and Trust in God. Your post struck me Right in my heart, soul and mind. Thank you (again), Zak, for every post, they are all Awesome! I wish you and your loved ones a Blessed Thanksgiving, (-: Toni Poharcyk, CT



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