A Season of Psalms: Psalm 11:3-5
“…if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man. The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
“Should babies with Down Syndrome be aborted?” That was the headline I read in a recent blog. Did you know that in Iceland, nearly 100 percent of women who discover that their unborn child has Down Syndrome choose to abort their baby? In Denmark, the abortion rate for unborn babies with Down Syndrome is 98 percent. In the United States, the rate is 67 percent. Aborting a child specifically because he or she has a congenital condition is a tragic step down a very dark path.
Our world is walking a dark path. The foundations of many things we hold precious are under attack. David recognized this in Psalm 11 when his enemies told him to flee from God while the righteous are attacked. And if the foundations are destroyed, David says, then what can the upright do? In these perilous times, we can be assured that our faith will be under ever-increasing attack; the definition of marriage, gender identification, even the sanctity of human life will be brought into question, and even our very beliefs will be tested. Jesus said in Luke 21:12-13, “…they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. This will be your opportunity to witness.”
What do we do? PRAY! Pray for the moral and spiritual awakening that our world so desperately needs. PRAY, because the Lord is on His throne. PRAY, because what breaks the Father’s heart right now breaks our heart as well. Dr. A.J. Gordon said: “You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.” Would you pray for our world today?
Further Reading: Luke 21:10-18; Proverbs 11:19-21
Father, we see the darkness in our world, but we know that we have the Light of the World. Help us not to look around and say “Look at what the world has come to,” but rather “Look at who has come to the world.” Make us the hands and feet of Jesus today, to extend His love and His grace. And this we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.