If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?
Have you ever seen a house without a good foundation, or better yet, have you seen a house in Southeast Louisiana without pilings under the foundation? It is not a pretty picture. It is often tilted dramatically until, many times, the foundation cracks. Not the kind of problem you want to have. Many times your house is your greatest investment, a faulty foundation can be catastrophic.
The verse for today is describing an even greater problem. David is describing a person, or a people, without a spiritual foundation to support them. David’s implication is that if your foundation is destroyed, all hope is lost.
How does this relate to us today? It is speaking to us about the very essence of our lives, our spiritual foundation. The first piling that supports our foundation is our revelation of Jesus Christ. This is the beginning of our life of faith, and the very foundation of all that we know and believe. Second, is our understanding of the word of God. This is the soul food of our existence, without it we are cast adrift in the storms of life. God’s word is our main connection with God Himself, it is our haven of safety against the traps of doctrinal and secular deceptions that can ensnare our souls. Next, is our connection to the local church. This is the place on earth that the Lord has chosen to dwell. Here is where we meet Him and have fellowship with those of like and precious faith. Finally, there is the constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit, He makes the things of God alive and precious to us. Without Him, we can easily fall into an outward form of religious practise with no substance.
These are some of the pilings that support our spiritual foundation, our application of these realities in our daily lives will prove the verity of our faith. These truths will undergird our marriage and our family, Christ Himself will enhance these special relationships in our lives. They also will bring fruitfulness and reward to our business and ministry life. Because of the spritual realities that undergird our lives, we will be more productive and happier in our work.
David continued his psalm with a bold declaration of faith. “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 foundation is sure under His church, God is surely in His holy temple.