Reading the Word
Psalm 11:1–7 (ESV)
1 In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain, 2 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; 3 if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” 4 The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man. 5 The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. 6 Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. 7 For the Lord is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.
Understanding and Applying the Word
In verses 1-3, David responds to his advisers who tell him to “Flee like a bird to your mountain”. Their argument seems to be that David needs to run away from the present danger because, as king, the hope of the righteous rests on his survival (cf. Psalm 11:3).
Verses 4-7 give us David’s response to this advice. The Lord is in his holy temple! God is in control! God is on his throne. He sees what is going on and David places his trust in the Lord to deal with the wicked and reward the righteous.
What a great comfort it is to know that God is all-seeing and all-knowing. There is no evil that escapes him and he will deal justly with all people. God’s people can live confidently and obediently in this world knowing that they serve the Lord and he gives life to the faithful.
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