Prayer Guide: Psalm 11

Psalm 11 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. Of David.

 In the Lord I take refuge;
how can you say to my soul,
    “Flee like a bird to your mountain,
for behold, the wicked bend the bow;
    they have fitted their arrow to the string
    to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
if the foundations are destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?”[a]

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.
Let him rain coals on the wicked;
fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
the upright shall behold his face.



God’s praiseworthy attributes found in this text:

  • He is Jehovah, our personal, covenant-keeping God (v. 1) 
  • He is our refuge in the face of wicked attacks and accusations (vv. 1-2)
  • He righteous and the source of our uprightness/righteousness (vv. 2,3,5,7)
  • He is holy and enthroned in heaven (v. 4)
  • He is all-seeing/omniscient – (v. 4)
  • He tests the hearts of all – (vv. 4 & 5)
  • He hates and judges wickedness/violence – (vv. 5 & 6) 
  • He loves righteousness (v. 7)
  • He reveals himself in intimacy to the upright – (v. 7) 

Possible prayer prompts:

  • I praise You that You are my Lord/Jehovah, especially in a world that is __________________
  • I praise You that You are my supreme refuge especially when __________________
  • Because You are righteous, You have empowered me to live a righteous life in my walk with You when ________________
  • You are holy because You are ___________________
  • Because You are enthroned in Heaven right now, I thank You that I do not have to fear ________________________
  • I praise You that when I behold Your face, I see ___________________________


  • All-seeing, all-knowing Lord, as You test my heart right now, I confess that You find __________________________
  • I confess that I am often troubled by the foundations being destroyed as I observe _______________________. Help me to keep my eyes fixed on Your high and holy throne. 


  • Help me trust You today as my refuge, especially as I encounter ______________________
  • I pray that ______________________________ (name) will trust You as their refuge as they face ______________________________
  • Lord, remind me that You see and test my heart, especially in this next week as I ___________________________


  • Individuals pray: Holy Lord, let us walk in Your righteousness, when wicked attacks tempt us to _________________________.
    • Antiphonal group response: The Lord will judge the wicked
  • Individual prays: Remind me that You love righteousness, especially when I encounter __________________________
    • Antiphonal response: “The upright will behold His face!”