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Bible Reading: Psalm 11

Psalm 11
In the LORD I take refuge;
How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain;
For, behold, the wicked bend the bow,
They make ready their arrow upon the string
To shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.
If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?”
The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD’S throne is in heaven;
His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.
The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked,
And the one who loves violence His soul hates.
Upon the wicked He will rain snares;
Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup.
For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness;
The upright will behold His face.

The situation of the writer starts off with a sense of desperation. The first 3 verses speaks of the temptation to run from a severe problem. In the last 4 verses, the writer expresses his confident faith in the justice of Almighty God. Many scholars suggest this is a psalm of David who was on the run from King Saul who desired to kill him. If so, David battles the urge to flee forever and never return only to firmly place His trust in God.

Think of a bird in the face of grave danger. It has no other choice than to flee in flight to some safe place high in a tree or mountain. Yet we have a God that places more value on us than any sparrow in this world. He watches over us from an even higher lace than we can flee. His throne is high in heaven in His holy temple. From there His eye is on us as He watches over us.

Verse 4 also says that God’s eyelids test the sons of men. The idea is God’s eyes are squinted as one does when you examine something closely. God’s eyes are contracted as He tests both the righteous and the wicked. Upon examination of our lives, God condemns the wicked with fire and brimstone. Yet, the righteous are allowed to see His face.

Be encouraged today to trust in our Lord. Do as David says in verse 1, “In the Lord I take refuge.” Do not fear or flee a tough situation. Take refuge in our Lord who is watching and protecting from His high throne in His holy Temple.

Weekly Memory Verse: God’s business is putting things right; he loves getting the lines straight, setting us straight. Once we’re standing tall, we can look him straight in the eye. Psalm 11.7