Hello my friend. Let’s look at PSALM 11 for today, a very brief chapter of only seven verses. I want especially to look at verses 4 & 5, which remind us that the Lord is on His heavenly throne, but this doesn’t mean He is remote, lofty, inaccessible. No, it states that He observes the sons of men, His eyes examine them, and that the Lord examines the righteous, but that the wicked His soul hates. Astonishing verses, really, especially to know that the Lord notices me, examines me, and is eager to lead me in His ways. One of my past students who has become like a son to me takes off a week or so now and then for a total fast and he said, in an e-mail this morning, “I prayed that the Lord would reveal any hidden sins or areas that I need to deal with.” This is what Psalm 11 is all about.
He is a manager in a large corporation, often overwhelmingly stressed by his job, all the while caring for his precious family of three kids and a wonderful wife. Yet he takes this step to allow the Lord to examine him. It reminds me of that great passage in Psalm 139:23, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.” Exactly. A company that doesn’t subject itself to a severe inventory periodically is headed for decline. So with each of us.
“Thank you, Lord, for this important reminder of allowing you to examine us, to test us, to cleanse us so that we can be pure instruments of your Grace. Bless my friend who has prayed and encouraged. And we lovingly pray for those in very serious need, with whom you are present in caring love.”
Thank you, my partner, for your fellowship. I thank God for you. Cheerio!