The righteous are in danger. People urge David to flee to the mountains. Instead, he takes refuge in the LORD and remains confident.
For the Chief Musician. By David.
VERSE 1. In the LORD, I take refuge. How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain”?
In the LORD, I take refuge. How is it that many people take refuge in anything but God? We humans turn to gossip, drugs or any number of distractions. But turning to God often seems to be our Last Resort.
How can you say to my soul. David marvels at this suggestion because it runs counter to his faith in the LORD.
Flee as a bird. David did not flee like a bird to a mountain. Instead, he fled to the LORD.
VERSE 2. For, behold, the wicked bend their bows. They set their arrows on the strings, that they may shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.
shoot in darkness. David might be describing a literal physical attack. But it is more likely that the wicked are attacking with slanderous words.
at the upright in heart. The wicked were targeting the righteous, including David.
VERSE 3. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?
the foundations. That is, the Law and a society based on the Law of the Old Testament.
VERSE 4. The LORD is in his holy temple. The LORD is on his throne in heaven. His eyes observe. His eyes examine the children of men.
The LORD is in his holy temple. David sees the presence of the LORD as tied to a specific location. However, God is not limited to a specific location. Rather, he is omnipresent. He is present everywhere, at all times, without limit.
VERSE 5. The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and him who loves violence his soul hates.
him who loves violence. David was one of the most violent kings in the history of the nation. Perhaps it could be argued that he didn’t “love” violence. Nonetheless, he did a whole lot of violent acts.
VERSE 6. On the wicked he will rain blazing coals; fire, sulfur, and scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
he will rain. This could also be translated, “may He rain.”
sulfur. This reminds us of God’s judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah. Ezekiel says it was destroyed for the abominable crime of giving no help to the poor and needy.
Ezekiel 16:49. Behold, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: pride, fullness of bread, and prosperous ease was in her and in her daughters. She also didn’t strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
Genesis 19:24. Then the LORD rained on Sodom and on Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the LORD out of the sky.
VERSE 7. For the LORD is righteous. He loves righteousness. The upright shall see his face.
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