If the foundations are destroyed what can the righteous do (Psalm 11:3)? What foundations do you think might be in mind with this sentiment? The English word foundation has an uncertain meaning in the Hebrew, we are told (cf. NET, translator note). E.W. Bullinger thinks it pertains to settled order of truth or institutions. Though there may be a bit of uncertainty, even still, it appears that foundation is a word that is adequate to the context. What is in view, then?
David lived in a chaotic world; he lived at a time when the people of Israel desired a king to be like other nations around them. The Lord granting this request gave them Saul. Saul was a big man and a warrior, but his administrative ability is questioned in military matters (cf. 1 Samuel 13-15); add to this his inferiority complex (1 Samuel 18), and it has the makings of instability. Not long after David began serving the king, the king came after him because David was now perceived as a threat. With David on the run he wrote this psalm. What about the foundations in the society that David lived? If they are destroyed, what shall a people do?
In the context in which I write, the foundations are God’s word. It is a challenge for a person, much more so for a group of people, to hold firm to the Lord’s way as expressed in His holy will. When Peter said that if (or when) a man speaks – in things pertaining to righteousness – let him speak the very words of God. Not just speak them, however, but also live them. If the foundation of God’s word is destroyed in our individual lives, is it not a natural consequence for the foundations of a society to be destroyed?
Our exhortation is to live and breathe Galatians 2:20. “I have been crucified with Christ and…”
Without this foundation for us individually not only will our lives be destroyed, but the community in which we lived will be affected adversely. What is your foundation?