One particular thing about verse 3 is the question that, today, if the foundations are destroyed, what shall the righteous do?
There’s a lot in the Bible about foundations. If you have good foundations for a building, it will stand even in an earthquake or a storm. If you have poor foundations, it will fall.
We’re in a church building that has very poor foundations. I don’t know if you realize that it slopes away down to the side there, because, really, when it was built in 1911, they didn’t put very good foundations under it. But it’s still standing, praise the Lord!
It’s important that a building has good foundations so it stands; with poor foundations it’ll fall.
Remember how Jesus told the story of the two house builders, one that built his house on the rock, and one that built his house on the sand? And the storms and the floods came, the rains and the floods came, hit both and how one of them fell down, the house on the sand fell down, and the house on the rock stood.
So, what is the question about faith? What is the question about good foundations; where do you get them from?
Basically, a good foundation is based upon faith and obedience to the Word of God.
This Psalm asks the question: what happens if you find yourself living in a society, in a world in which the foundations have been destroyed? What do you do?
You have two options:
One of them is to flee like a bird to the mountains,
The other is to trust in the Lord and to make known His righteousness.
If you choose the second option, you may risk coming under attack from the evil one, but the Lord will defend you.
Therefore, two options:
One, find an escape, find a safe place and hunker down till it’s all over; quite an attractive proposition.
Sometimes I think of it you know, I’ve reached a stage in my life where I get a pension from the government, my house has been paid off, I could actually quit everything and leave London and go and find somewhere quiet and forget about all this preaching, forget about Light for the Last Days, and stop telling people about the judgments that are coming, and stop talking about that which might get me into trouble. Let’s flee from it, let’s be free from the situation and have a peaceful life.
A good option, don’t you agree?
On the other hand, I won’t do it because I want to trust in the Lord and to do His will, and to make known His message. And there is a cost in doing that. You may be attacked by the wicked and you may have opposition. But if the opposition comes, we have to trust in the Lord, and He will deal with it.
Esther was reading through my notes this morning and she said, ‘Well the first thing that came to me was Psalm 37‘and looked it up and, yeah, that’s a good passage to read. I’ll just read the verses from Psalm 37:
There are some good reasons there to trust in the Lord. One reason is that if you trust in the Lord, you’re on the victory side and, in the end, no matter what the wicked do, Jesus is going to have the last Word, and He’s going to bring peace and justice to the world. And those who trust in Him are going to be in the right place.