Psalm 11

Trusting in God's Righteousness and Sovereignty



Psalm 11 is a psalm of David, expressing trust in God's righteousness and sovereignty in the face of danger and adversity. As we study this psalm from a New Covenant perspective, we will see how it points to Jesus Christ as the ultimate foundation of our trust and the assurance of God's protection. We will explore the themes of unwavering faith, God's righteous judgment, and the refuge found in Him.

Section 1: The Foundation of Trust (vs 1-3)

"In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: 'Flee like a bird to your mountain. For behold, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrow on the string to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?'"

Talking Points:

Harmony: Proverbs 18:10 "The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe."


Section 2: God's Righteous Judgment (vs 4-6)

"The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD is on His heavenly throne. His eyes are watching closely; they examine the sons of men. The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence His soul hates. On the wicked He will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their portion."

Talking Points:

Harmony: 2 Timothy 4:8 "From now on the crown of righteousness is laid up for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but to all who crave His appearing."


Section 3: The Refuge in God's Presence (vs 7)

"For the LORD is righteous; He loves justice. The upright will see His face."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."



Psalm 11, viewed through the lens of the New Covenant in Christ, expresses the psalmist's unwavering trust in God's righteousness, sovereignty, and protection, finding its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus.

The psalmist's refusal to flee in the face of danger reflects our own confidence in Jesus, who offers us security and refuge in Him (John 10:28).

His declaration that the Lord is in His holy temple highlights God's sovereignty and control over all things, a truth fulfilled in Jesus, who reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16).

The affirmation of God's righteous nature underscores the perfect righteousness we have in Christ, who fulfilled the law on our behalf (2 Corinthians 5:21).

His trust in God's judgment upon the wicked points to Jesus' role as the righteous Judge who will bring justice and righteousness to the world (Acts 17:30-31).

David's assurance that the upright will see God's face foreshadows our hope of eternal fellowship with God through Jesus, who reconciled us to the Father (Romans 5:10, 1 Thessalonians 4:17).

Thus, Psalm 11 emphasizes the unwavering trust in God's righteousness and protection that find their ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ, our Savior and righteous Judge.