TOPIC: Building Godly Institutions (DCLM Daily Manna 6 January 2022)
TEXT: Psalm 11:1-7 (KJV)
11 In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?
2 For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.
3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
4 The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.
5 The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.
7 For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.
KEY VERSE “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3).
The stability or otherwise of society is traceable to the constitution governing its citizens and their institutions. If the provisions of the constitution, produced after wide consultations with the people and critical stakeholders, reflect the wishes of the subjects and are adhered to by all, the polity stands the chance of a healthy and crisis-free existence, even in tumultuous times.
The legal system during the reign of Saul collapsed, with the king becoming a law unto himself. When he chased David throughout the land to kill him, the young son of Jesse had no legal system to appeal to hear his argument of being innocent of Saul’s accusations.
The believer today must however be assured that although the world’s system may lack the right scales and capacity to dispense justice to the dispossessed, with the state actors sometimes supporting the oppressors, God is “in his holy temple…his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.” The righteous are assured that they do not need to despair when man takes law into his hand and jettisons the rubrics of society. God will always weigh in on the side of His (deprived) righteous people.
As David was defiant in the face of overwhelming trials, insisting he will trust in the Lord for deliverance, the steadfast follower of Christ must also depend on God, who shall “rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest” upon the wicked. God is righteous and He will jealously guard the righteous. Repose your confidence in His awesome power to defend and protect you.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
There is no injustice with God.