July 13 | Daily Devotion

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina

“The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them.” ~Psalm 11:4

Psalm 10

If you have ever felt that God was just standing by doing nothing, you are not alone. “Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” (v. 1). The psalmist sees wickedness, arrogance, and greed in the world around him. He witnesses the prosperity of the proud and the oppression of the poor, and he wonders if God sees any of it. While it may seem God’s face is turned the other way, He actually misses nothing. You may think He doesn’t notice some injustice (and it’s ok to ask Him why He’s not in action), but He does know what’s going on. And God knows what He’s doing, even when He seems to be doing nothing at all. Trust Him.

Psalm 11

“Aren’t you afraid?” the songwriter’s friends must surely have asked while advising him to “flee like a bird” to the mountain (v. 1). There are people who want him dead, or, at the least, they want to bring him down. He had better run and hide! I will not. Even when evil men have me in their sights, even when they press arrows to the string and flex their bows, I will not be afraid (v. 2, paraphrase mine). Why? Because “the Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne” (v. 4). Yes, there are people in the world who want to bring you and me down, but do not fear, do not run, and do not hide. Go about your business, go about your life, and do it with passion and courage. God is on the throne, and “he loves justice” (v. 7).

Psalm 12

The songwriter laments the pain that has come into his life from people who run their mouths. There is lying and flattering. (Flattery is a form of deception intended to mislead the person being “praised.”) There is arrogance and gossip. And those who malign others strut freely about as if they are the most popular people in town (v. 8).

We have each of us been the victim of wicked words, whether motivated by jealousy, greed, revenge, pride (wanting to be noticed), or any number of sinful causes. God does not sit idly by when we are lashed by hurtful language. “‘I will now arise,’ says the Lord, ‘I will protect them from those who malign them’”(v. 5). He will speak on our behalf, and His words are flawless. He will keep us safe.

Lectio Divina is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.