Gerald Wilson has written these words that are most appropriate as we consider Psalm 11: “In a world and society run amok, where the dignity of life is casually ignored and raw power rules in the place of justice, righteousness and equity, what can a righteous person hope to do?”
Often the first response is “run.”
A friend posted an article on Facebook recently lamenting a particular trend of unrighteousness and the growing acceptance of immorality and prejudice against those who would speak out against it. Someone else commented: “That’s why I am moving to New Zealand.”
I wondered: “Does he really believe things are different there? And even if they are, for how long?”
Another response is despondency. “Woe is us!” I know Jesus said “Blessed are they that mourn,” but really, is that what God wants, for his people to see everything as hopeless?
And still another response is “let’s fight,” which more often than not leads to social crusades conducted in Christ’s name but far from a Christ-like way.
Psalm 11 reminds us: God is in charge. There is no need to run, and while we should lament the state of our world, we should remember that little more can be expected of a world lost in sin. Again, God is in charge. He will exact justice. Until He does, our “fight” involves following Jesus, living like Jesus, and calling others to do the same. There is no need to be despondent. We are the children of Him who sits on the throne and who will right every wrong.