FRAMING THE PSALMS: PSALM 11
Aids to introduce the psalms sung in worship.
John Brown of Haddington, 18th century Scottish theologian.
Behold here, (1.) David, tempted by his timorous friends to escape to some mountain, and hide himself from the fury of Saul, or of Absalom, as if that were his only safe course now when his enemies were exerting themselves to the uttermost, and all things were in disorder and confusion, ver. 1-3. (2.) David baffling the temptation by a resolute profession of his trust in God, as the observer of all men; as the holy and righteous punisher of the wicked, and friend of the godly, ver. 4-7.
Let no temptation decoy me from my duty. Let no danger deter me from it. While Jehovah, my reconciled God and Father, manageth and judgeth the world, my safest course is to commit myself to him in well-doing. Let the just vengeance of God upon sinners deter my heart from sinning, and his kindness to his people encourage me to holiness in all manner of conversation.
John Cumming, 19th century Scottish Presbyterian.
The Psalmist, under the pressure of outward distress and inward trial, overcomes his invitations and tendency to seek refuge in any thing below, and resolves to trust entirely on his God.
David reasons with his own heart, in verse 3, and sets forth the worst possible state of things in which the people of God may be placed ; and yet he finds consolation and confidence in the great truth, that the righteous are not only, at all times and under all circumstances, seen, but favoured and protected of God, and destined to triumph in the end. He remembers the destiny of Sodom and Gomorrah, once wealthy and flourishing, but now burned up and destroyed ; and then the destiny of Lot, for a season in trouble, but now in heaven.
Trust in God is the surest refuge in trouble.
William King Tweedie, 19th century Free Church of Scotland. See: http://ecclegen.com/disruption-worthies-3/#Tweedie,William King
In times of calamity to the Church and people of God, this psalm may be sung to encourage the soul in seeking and expecting deliverance from God.
Ver. 1–5 The believer’s safety amid assaults - the Lord is his defence. Ver. 6-7 The portion of the wicked – divine favour for the upright.