Psalm 11 has been described as a song to triumph over adversities. An adversity is defined as a state of hardship or affliction, misfortune and or a calamitous event(http://www.thefreedictionary.com). In this human existence adversity does exist, however it is metaphysically possible to look beyond the visible circumstances and view the event(s) differently. New Thought teachings suggest we look beyond appearances and look to God instead. This concept can be easier said than done as the human psyche is prone to problem solving. Intelligence often times creates a platform of judgement and reasoning. It is up to us to "see" it right by holding a vision of perfection.
In the face of adversity is it possible to look beyond circumstances? William Shakespeare said, "Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head." Looking beyond appearances is conceivably the most difficult challenge in life. I have found comfort in interpreting biblical verses from a metaphysical perspective in an effort to relate the teachings to my own life situations. It is a personal perspective which not everyone understands and which can create adversity in itself. There is no wrong way, there is only love.
Psalm 11 reminds us to put our trust in God. The question may then be raised, when adversity does arise, what happens? How can you flee as a bird to your mountain? especially with crushed wings and ruffled feathers...How can you meditate and maintain equanimity when life presents a challenge? Verse 3 asks if the core of foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? While it may be difficult to face adversity, the challenge is to remain steadfast in our faith. The first thing withdrawn is usually the breath as one struggles. What a mistake to cut off the very essence of life. I am learning to breathe through adversity...just breathe. This too shall pass. Verse 4 says the Lord is in his holy temple and the peace that surpasses understanding does not come from the outer appearance of chaos and turmoil. The adverse situations are the impetuous of outer stress discord. The peace that surpasses understanding comes from within, through prayer and meditation.
When confronted with adversity remember the words of Napoleon Hill, Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit. Walt Disney concurred by saying "All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you." The time of adversity is an opportunity to step back and look at the whole picture. Looking beyond appearances is the ability to see the gift in each and every situation. To love each person where he or she is. Is there a lesson for myself? Is there a lesson for everyone involved and is this lesson greater than us all? Psalm 11, verse 5 says the Lord trieth the righteous. This would the test of faith. Do not get caught up in worldly distractions. Resist gossip, judgement, temptation, etc. Pray and meditate upon whatever is good and true. There is only one presence and one power and it is all God, love prevails.Verse 7 extols the value of remaining strong in righteousness. There is light at the end of the tunnel and when you have done all you can...just stand.
Each day my faith grows stronger and stronger. I grow through adversity and learn all lessons in peace and love.
For the director of music. Of David.
1 In the Lord I take refuge.
How then can you say to me:
“Flee like a bird to your mountain.
2 For look, the wicked bend their bows;
they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
at the upright in heart.
3 When the foundations are being destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”
4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
his eyes examine them.
5 The Lord examines the righteous,
but the wicked, those who love violence,
he hates with a passion.
6 On the wicked he will rain
fiery coals and burning sulfur;
a scorching wind will be their lot.
7 For the Lord is righteous,
he loves justice;
the upright will see his face.