What Can We Do?

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 11:1-7

We look around us and we are overwhelmed by the evil in our society. That is the way David felt also. There are those who would advise him not to get involved. They say, “Flee like a bird to your mountain” (v. 1b). Many people today flee reality through alcohol or other drugs or through more acceptable ways such as becoming immersed in sports. David’s counselors point to the hopelessness of the situation by saying, “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” The implied answer is “Nothing.”

One commentator says, “This was well-meant advice, but David is too full of confidence in God to follow it.” David had the kind of solid theology every Christian should have. He knew God was still in control (v. 4). He knew God will eventually punish the wicked (vv. 5-6). He knew that God is righteous and loves righteousness (v. 7). What can the righteous do when the foundations of society are being destroyed? They can go on being righteous.

The evangelical church has a solid theology which can enable people to face the kind of world in which we are now living. Having this solid foundation, we must not seek to escape from our world, but to present this truth to others around us as clearly as possible. By God’s grace, we have what people need to live in this kind of world.


Father, stir us up to share the message the world needs so badly. In Jesus’ name. Amen.