¹ In the LORD I take refuge;
how can you say to my soul,
“Flee like a bird to your mountain,
² for behold, the wicked bend the bow;
they have fitted their arrow to the string
to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
³ if the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”
⁴ The LORD is in his holy temple;
the LORD's throne is in heaven;
his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
⁵ The LORD tests the righteous,
but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
⁶ Let him rain coals on the wicked;
fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
⁷ For the LORD is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
the upright shall behold his face.
Applying the text
- How do you see the foundations being destroyed in our world? Think of specific examples.
- How do you typically respond when you see the foundations falling apart? Do you respond more like the Psalmist of the more like those who tell you to flee? Why?
- How can trials and difficulties refine your faith? Can you think of specific examples of this in your own life?
- Can you imagine any ways in which the crumbling foundations of a culture could ultimately lead to the repentance and conversion of the wicked?