Psalm 11 – The Observer 

It’s true, sometimes I just wish I could fly away and leave it all behind. It doesn’t seem like anyone is paying attention to this unfairness I go through. Not just me, others who do their best in a messed up world with messed up institutions. They do their best, but just appear to be the victims of a remorseless and relentless machine that only seems to care about an image of efficiency and the bottom line being about the money. There seems to be little point sticking around when those I care for are getting messed around constantly. Seemingly no reprieve for them. 

Seemingly. 

That’s why I appreciate the turning point in this Psalm. Even the most private and secretive of deals is not as hidden as the perpetrators. The actions and motives are not going unnoticed. There is an Observer. There is someone who pays careful attention to what is going on and knows. He knows and responds appropriately. His judgment is trustworthy. He is not beholden to any pressure group, He doesn’t work for the Corporation. 

Indeed His vantage point goes way beyond those of mortal men. From His perspective He can clearly see what is going on with incisive impartiality. He sees and He knows. Though some believe Him to be helpless to engage with what He sees, the reality remains He remains very active in these affairs both in the here and now as well as in the final reckoning. 

This is why it’s so important to look for what is right and pursue it. That kind of approach is good on its own merits and also has eternal value because of the Observer. 

For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face. (Psalm 11:7 NIV) 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden 

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