Wednesday, January 11, 2012

150 Days of Psalms - Psalm 11

I like to play angry birds. Apparently I'm not alone. I just read that Angry Birds has been downloaded 200 million times. There are Angry Bird hats, stuffed toys, dog toys, t-shirts, birthday cakes, action figures...

Maybe we all just like blowing things up and hearing them crash. Maybe we like it that those smug pigs finally get their just due. Or maybe we like it that creatures that are generally considered rather defenseless are able to defend themselves - the ultimate underdog story!

David's friends knew about birds. They knew a bird can't defend itself against an enemy. It has to flee
"Escape to the mountain like a bird!
For look, the wicked string the bow"

It gets even worse for David's outlook.
"If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?"

David has the answer.

"The LORD is in His holy temple...
His eyes watch; He examines everyone,"

We can't go around crashing into the obstacles of life or bombing the "smug pigs" we encounter everyday. But it's good to know that nothing escapes God's watchful eye. He "examines the righteous and the wicked."

"The LORD is righteous; He loves righteous deeds." So I will work this week on doing righteous things and leave the bombing ("raining of burning coals...on the wicked") to God.

1 comment:

Phyllis Hobson said...

First, I just have never figured out the fascination with Angry Birds. If you're mad at the pigs for (whatever the reason is), why are you trying to attack them by bombing them with birds, when you are a bird? But I digress....

I first read this Psalm in the KJV. The very first phrase of the first verse "In the LORD put I my trust" caught my eye. I instantly thought of our currency "In God We Trust" and wonder how many of us (and I'm pointing to myself as well) may see that on the currency, but we are trusting in the currency and what it can buy for our security.

When David asks "If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" (v. 3), I thought of the passage in the latter part of Luke 6 about building our foundations on God.

We will all deal with the "pigs," as you so aptly pointed out. May our trust and foundation be placed in the everlasting God.