A PRAYER ON PSALM 11

Rebuilding of the Temple (illustration by Gustave Doré from the 1866 La Sainte Bible)
(from Second Temple – Wikipedia)

Imagine building a massive structure without the benefits of heavy machinery. Imagine thousands of men struggling to build the foundation required to support the weight of structure. Know that despite the best efforts of all those thousands their foundation must eventually fail. Everything we build, and everything we build upon, must eventually fail and crumble.

Look at our day. Where once men built things to last, we constantly replace the old with new and improved things. Is that the solution? Do we constantly replace the worn and obsolete with the new and improved? Can any man in some way save himself from the inevitably of death? As we race to “build back better” (see ‘Build Back Better’ – The Latest Code Phrase for Green Global Tyranny (breitbart.com)), is our world still falling apart?

Is new always an improvement? We have a new administration in Washington D.C. Is it an improvement? Will each new administration always be an improvement? No.

Ecclesiastes 2:18-23 New American Standard Bible

18 So I hated all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who will come after me. 19 And who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the fruit of my labor for which I have labored by acting wisely under the sun. This too is futility. 20 Therefore I [a]completely despaired over all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun. 21 When there is a person who has labored with wisdom, knowledge, and skill, and then gives his [b]legacy to one who has not labored for it; this too is futility and a great evil. 22 For what does a person get in all his labor and in [c]his striving with which he labors under the sun? 23 Because all his days his activity is painful and irritating; even at night his [d]mind does not rest. This too is futility.

What is life under the sun? Life under the sun is a life lived without regard for our Creator. Life under the sun is a life lived as if everything depends upon something or some man, even “me,” supposedly the font of all wisdom. It is that “other guy” who is the fool.

So, what can we do when the fool is so foolish he foolishly destroys the foundations upon which we have built? Long ago King David gave us the solution.

Psalm 11 New American Standard Bible

The Lord, a Refuge and Defense.

For the music director. A Psalm of David.

11 In the Lord I take refuge;

How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain?

For, behold, the wicked bend the bow,

They have [a]set their arrow on the string

To shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.

If the foundations are destroyed,

What can the righteous do?”

The Lord is in His holy temple; the [b]Lord’s throne is in heaven;

His eyes see, His eyelids test the sons of mankind.

The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,

And His soul hates one who loves violence.

He will rain [c]coals of fire upon the wicked,

And brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup.

For the Lord is righteous, He loves [d]righteousness;

The upright will see His face.

David’s friends advised him to flee and to hide. They pointed to the wicked seeking his life. They said the foundations — the social order and the law — were coming apart. They said there was no one he could turn to for help. Then David corrected his friends. He pointed to our Creator. David observed there is only one foundation which cannot be destroyed. There is only one foundation upon which we can stand for eternity, the Kingdom of God. If we want our lives to have some significance — and to last — then we must build upon the foundation which our Lord has given us, Himself and His Word.

In the past, America built upon the example of Jesus and His teachings. Using the Bible, the Americans who framed our Constitution built upon the example of Jesus and His teachings. Therefore, they called our rights God-given and inalienable. Today our leaders think they give us our rights. Instead of allowing each of us to turn to our Creator to seek perfection, our leaders demand that we turn to them and allow them to mold us into perfect human beings.

Thus, we have a choice. We can choose futility, to live our lives under the sun, or we can strive with all our hearts, mind, strength, and soul to build upon the foundation our Creator has given us to build.

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10 thoughts on “A PRAYER ON PSALM 11

  1. Our founding fathers build our government on the principles found in Scripture, They had a healthy distrust of government and human nature. These principles could be followed and the people be blessed, even if they themselves were not believers. This is why we have become a great nation, in spite of our flaws.

    But today, the left has replaced the teachings of Jesus with that of Karl Marx. It’s a cancer to any culture that embraces it. The State is our provider god now. We have even forsaken reason for wokeness. Everything now is build on optics, identity politics, and one-party rule by controlling the cultural narrative. This, by far, is the greatest existential threat to our nation.

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    1. @Mel Wild

      Agreed!

      Various men among the founders expressed reservations about the Bible, but they were all familiar with it, and all of them respected the teachings the Bible gives us. Marxists act as if history began yesterday. There is nothing good about Marxism. Marxism is just a scheme for deluding the People and depriving them of their property, liberty, and lives.

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      1. @ Tom.
        “Marxists act as if history began yesterday. There is nothing good about Marxism.”

        Exactly. Welcome to the woke world of Orwell’s 1984! Orwell brilliantly showed Marxism and Socialism for the cultural cancer that it is. No wonder this book is banned by the left! It’s their secret playbook!

        “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” (1984)

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        1. @Mel Wild

          The scary thing is that there are people who want to do this. If anyone ever needed proof that Satan is real and some give him their allegiance, all they need to do is look at the history of man, Without Satan, how does anyone explain the fanatical support for ruthless Pagan ideologies, especially Nazism and Marxism?

          Look at people like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. They know what they are doing, but they still do it. Marxism is suicidal. Legislators give power — eventually all of it — to a tyrant leader. Hence, the Democrats in Congress are cutting their own throats, but they are so greedy for power they refuse to see the obvious.

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          1. @ Tom.
            “Look at people like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. They know what they are doing, but they still do it. Marxism is suicidal.”

            I actually think they’ve gone insane. Their obssesive derangement for Trump has now become a raging fanaticism. They are totally out of control.

            We have a doddering, feeble old man in the early stages of dimensia being propped up by the left as POTUS, and the two-headed monster in Congress, the wicked king and queen of the Swamp. They are a danger to our country. I seriously hope we survive the next few years. We’ve never been this close to the precipice before.

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          2. @Mel Wild

            Agreed. If the country had split because of the Civil War, that would have been tragic. What the South was doing was horribly wrong, evil. Nevertheless, the people who governed the South had not adopted an innately evil ideology. They treated one class of people as slaves, not absolutely everyone as slaves to the state.

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  2. Tom,.

    There are different kinds of foundations but they all share one thing in common.

    The foundation plan has to be sound before we begin to build upon the structure.

    Our civic foundation is based on human laws are no longer being enforced because the laws become unenforceable based on the news I read every day about robberies, shootings, killings..

    Like King Solomon said, all our labors to write and pass laws under the sun is futile.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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    1. @Scatterwisdom

      We have prosecutors who refuse to prosecute people just because they don’t want to. That is a violation of their oath of office. When we elect people of such bad character, our government cannot work. The problem is what we believe about God. The Christian foundation upon which our country was once founded is being replaced by a secular foundation bereft of virtue.

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