Selected Sunday Scriptures- #149

I have tried to make it a practice to pray out a Psalm every day. A few days ago I was praying Psalm 11, and it caught my attention.

In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to me,
    “Flee like a bird to the mountains;[a]
for look, the wicked bend the bow,
    they have fitted their arrow to the string,
    to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart.
If the foundations are destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?”

The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord’s throne is in heaven.
His eyes behold, his gaze examines humankind.
The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,
and his soul hates the lover of violence.
On the wicked he will rain coals of fire and sulfur;
a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
the upright shall behold his face.

(Psalm 11)

In particular I was caught by this:

If the foundations are destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?”

My understanding is that the foundations referred to there are the public order. So what David is saying here is that when society has been turned upside down, what can a just person do? Which leads to my next interesting observation- there is no answer given. No advice is offered here for the one caught in such a position. Probably because there is no advice that can be offered other than wait on the Lord.

Sometimes we just have to persevere- to hold out until God comes to our rescue. At least, that is how I see it. That message seems to be repeated in the New Testament as well:

11 When they bring you to trial and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say; but say whatever is given you at that time, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; 13 and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

(Mark 13:11-13)

My readers are of course invited to off their own thoughts.

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3 responses to “Selected Sunday Scriptures- #149

  1. Verses 4 to 7 constitute the answer, so we don’t have to argue from silence.

  2. smkoseki

    Prob no advice that can be offered other than wait

    I read this sort of thing differently, probably just personality, but I see it as a warning to refocus efforts on what one can control and deliberately ignore what we can’t. IOW I’ve got more than enough on my plate of what I “can” do.

    I have tried to make it a practice to pray out a Psalm every day.

    We do Liturgy of the Hours daily (evening prayer only) and of course the Ps dominate LOTH. You might try it: all free & digital, effortless to plan, and one prays with the whole church plus connected to liturgical calendar plus feast days.

  3. Novaseeker

    If you’d like to try the oldskool (approved now after Benedict approved the EF mass), you can do so here for free: https://divinumofficium.com/

    I don’t use it, as an Orthodox, but it seems like a good resource.

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