BTS PASTORAL LETTER 18 May 2020
Text: Psalm 11
To The Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
11 In the Lord I put my trust;
How can you say to my soul,
“Flee as a bird to your mountain”?
2 For look! The wicked bend their bow,
They make ready their arrow on the string,
That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart.
3 If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?
OBSERVATION AND INTERPRETATION
1. Trust in the LORD
a) This was David’s personal faith
b) This was also his declaration
2. Advice given
a) It could be enemies taunting him
b) It could be weak or false friends who tell him that it is hopeless to trust God
c) He might as well flee from the enemies
Like a bird that flies away to safety, the farther the better!
3. What was the basis of such advice?
a) The wicked were preparing to attack
b) There were possibly many of them
c) It looks as if they would win the battle
d) Their plans
i) Frontal attack
ii) Secret attack (they shoot at the upright in heart
e) The foundations of the righteous
i) They seem to be weak
ii) They seem to be destroyed by the wicked
f) A sense of despair
i) It seems hopeless
ii) Everything seems to fall apart
4. What can the righteous do indeed?
a) He can choose:
i) He is not a bird that is afraid
ii) He is a man who can choose not to fear the enemy
c) He can choose to believe God
i) God is a shield Psalm 3:3
ii) That God hears the prayers of the godly Psalm 3:4; Psalm 4:3
iii) That God would be his defence Psalm 7:10
APPLICATION TO LIFE AND MINISTRY
1. We need people of courage, both men and women
2. We need people of faith and strength who will persevere to the victorious end!
Pastor Charles Tan