(Day 45) “The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven. His eyes behold; His eyelids test and prove the children of men. The Lord tests and proves the [unyieldingly] righteous, but His soul abhors the wicked and him who loves violence. Upon the wicked He will rain quick burning coals or snares; fire, brimstone, and a [dreadful] scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. For the Lord is [rigidly] righteous, He loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold His face, or He beholds the upright.” Psalms 11:4-7
A couple of things stood out to me in here in Psalm 11. 1) The Lord is in residence…not in flight. His foundation is the solid rock of heaven. 2) The Lord refines and tunes the ones He loves and who are His but God abhors the one who does evil. 3) God as ‘refuge’ may be sought from motives that are all too self-serving; but to see God’s face is a goal in which only love has interest. So, all of this together shows the assuredness we have in our God who executes everything from a place which is His and He is rock solid in His ability make us better through trial and perseverance. We can rest assured that He will address the evil in the hearts of ungodly men. Our righteous deeds that please the Lord are out of a love for Him; a love that desires to see His face on the day of His return.