Psalms – Chapter 11: For the director of music. Of David.

You’re probably wondering why I’ve switched from the middle of 1 Samuel to what appears to be a random chapter in the book of Psalms.  My goal in discussing each chapter of the Bible is to go in chronological order.  Several chapters in Psalms focus on David, so for a while into the future I’ll be switching back and forth between 1 Samuel and Psalms.

“In the Lord I take refuge.” – Psalms 11:1

Really?  You take refuge in a murderous and conceited god?

“The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne.” – Psalms 11:4

A god who murders, rapes, and takes over human bodies to do these deeds for him is holy and heavenly?

“He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them.” – Psalms 11:4

So God observes children being raped, children dying painful deaths, children suffering from bone cancer and yet sits and does nothing?  That’s not love.

“The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion.” – Psalms 11:5

As we’ve learned in previous chapters, it doesn’t take much for God to hate you with a passion.  Touch his stuff and he hates you.  Eat the wrong animal and he hates you.  Break one tiny rule on how many days you are unclean and he hates you.  I do agree with one thing in this verse.  God certainly hates with a passion.

“For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.” – Psalms 11:7

Is it righteous and just to allow innocent children and babies to be murdered and raped?  Is it righteous and just to punish generation after generation for the deeds of their ancestors?  No, it is not.  Therefore God is not righteous and just.

Psalms 11 was a short chapter in which David said wonderful things about God.  Unfortunately, none of these wonderful things is true.  Oh wait, the part about God hating with a passion is true, so give David credit for that!

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 59:  For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam. When Saul had sent men to watch David’s house in order to kill him.

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