We continue with our walk through the Psalm, today stopping in Psalm 11.
An Unfailing Foundation
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Psalm 11:3-4 When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do? The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne.
I have been the victim of building on sandy ground. Seventeen years ago our family started a home building project. We purchased a vacant lot in a new subdivision and hired a company to dig the hole and pour the concrete foundation. As they dug we again confirmed that the state of Wisconsin is one giant anthill. The soil was very sandy.
After the footings were poured and had dried, we were one day away from the concrete basement walls being framed up and poured. That night, a serious thunderstorm came through the Chippewa Valley and dumped over 7 inches of rain on us. When we arrived at the “hole” the next morning, the runoff from the storm had washed away a large portion of the sand from under the footings, and they were suspended in mid-air. So instead of spending that day putting up the basement wall frames, we had to pay the excavator and the concrete company to restore the washed away sandy soil and pour additional footings under the previously poured ones so the house could be built on a solid foundation.
Sometimes it feels like the foundations of life are being washed away. Sometimes the storms of life cause such a downpour and result in so much runoff that we wonder if what we have built will survive. Ah, you see the point already don’t you? What we build cannot survive, but what God builds can never be washed away.
When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do? The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. (Psalm 11:3-4)
“God is always on the throne!”
When was the last time we took the time to evaluate the true foundations of our lives? If we did, I think we would discover that the fear and anxiety we experience in the storms of life are a product of building on the wrong foundation. There is only one true and unshakeable foundation for life, and it isn’t found in anything this world has to offer. Any parts of our lives that are built on any other foundation than Jesus Christ are subject to destruction. Financial foundations will collapse. Friendships will deteriorate. Success will sour. But the sure foundation of Jesus Christ will never change and cannot fail. When all around us it appears that the foundations of life are being destroyed, remember this – our lives are not built on the foundations of the world, but on the one true foundation of Jesus Christ, and He is in His holy temple; He is on His heavenly throne!
The prophet Isaiah spoke twice of the foundation upon which we can build our lives. In Isaiah 28:16 he says, So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.
And then in Isaiah 33:6-7 he says, The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness. He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure. Isaiah calls the sure foundation a rich treasure to which we have been given the key. The key is the fear of the LORD.
Why does it give us such security to know that God is on the throne? It’s because we know that the reign of Christ from the throne is a reign of justice and righteousness. Right will win out, and all else will be judged with justice. We can count on that because of what David tells us in Psalm 89:14 – Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne.
The throne of God is built on the foundation of righteousness and justice. Jesus is on that throne, meaning everything He does in His reign is dictated by righteousness and justice.
When we surrender our throne – the reign of our lives – to Jesus Christ, then the foundation of our lives becomes righteousness and justice.
When evil seems to be thriving, remember, righteousness will win out and justice will be done.
When financial failure shakes you, remember, do good, be rich in good deeds, and be generous and willing to share. In this way you will lay up treasure for yourselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that you may take hold of the life that is truly life (1 Timothy 6:18-19).
When friends fail you, remember that God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his.” (2 Timothy 2:19)
When it seems like the foundations of your life are being shaken and destroyed, then maybe it’s time to realize and admit that you’ve built your life on the wrong foundation. Your life does not have to be shaken by the events and circumstances of the world.
The righteous are never shaken, because their lives are built on the foundation of Jesus Christ. The LORD is on the throne.
Do what King David did – I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken… He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken…Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.