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Foundations For Our Future (Special 4)

Foundations for Our Future (Special #4)

by: The Rev. Dr. Jon Shuler

 

I have rarely preached or taught from this Psalm, but it comes to my heart and mind in these days. “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)

The Daily Devotions I am writing have as their overarching theme; “Foundations for Our Future,” by which is meant the future of our parish. But what of our nation? Our State? Our County? Our home town? "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” (Psalm 33:12)

As a child, I was taught this was true of my country. For much of my life I believed that to be so, but some years ago I began to realize it was fast becoming untrue. For me that dawning realization began to come in 1988, when I realized that the church family of my youth was determined to go astray. Soon I was convinced it was true of other church families also, and then I realized it was true of many of my fellow countrymen.

Still I had hope. If the leaders of the church were determined to be faithful, we could turn the tide. How foolish I was. God alone controls the tides! We are under judgement.

If you will turn up Psalm 11, and pray over it carefully, you will see three things. 1) “The Lord is in his holy temple.” Nations may fall but he is God. 2) God “tests the righteous.” We are being tested by God. And 3) “The Lord loves righteous deeds, and the upright shall behold his face.”

We can trust and obey.