The aim of this passage is to cause us to understand that God is the refuge and help of the righteous.
In time of trouble the righteous seek safety in God (Psa 11:1-7)
The righteous live by faith in God only.
The Psalmist declared that God was his place of safety and he would not seek safety in the mountains to escape the wicked who were prepared to lay an ambush on the righteous. This is because trust in God is the foundation on which the lives of the righteous are built and as long as the righteous stay on this foundation they can not stumble.
God, from heaven, knows the hearts of all men. He gives trials to the righteous to sanctify them but hates those who love violence. The psalmist desires that God would bring trouble on the wicked. God is righteous and he loves the righteous and it is only the righteous who will know Him and be in His presence.
2 Timothy 2:19 But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”
2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.
How have you sought refuge and hope in anything other than God? How can you change?
The wicked seek to prevail through deceit (Psa 12:1-8)
The righteous love the truth and the wicked hate it.
The psalmist calls to God for help because there are no longer any faithful people left. Everyone is a liar. They flatter and are deceitful. The psalmist calls on God to destroy those who are deceitful and that boast of the strength of their words.
God has said that He will take care of the needy and the mourning and God’s words are pure and true. God will protect the righteous even though the wicked seem to prevail and immorality is exalted by men.
John 8:44-45 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me.
How has knowing Jesus Christ changed your perception of the truth?