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?”
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.
Comment: Sometimes poetry needs to be read again and again until its meaning and its beauty filters into and sometimes fills the heart to bursting! Here there is
- Firstly an affirmation that David the writer is centred in God.
- When people are sharpening their knives, fitting their arrows into their bows to attack him other people, presumably his friends, tell him flee in fear like a bird to its secret hiding place far away.
- No way, he says, we must stay ourselves upon the true foundations (presumably of our faith) because God is in charge still.
- God sees, He tests, – and He loves the righteous but comes down hard in judgement on the wicked.
- David affirms his belief that God is for the good and pleads with Him to give strong judgement against those whose love is of evil actions and thoughts!
Prayer: May my doubts and fears shrink to nothing, as I see You in Your Glory, O God.