1 In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain. 2 For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. 3 When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” 4 The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them. 5 The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion. 6 On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. 7 For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.
In this Psalm David starts with a statement – “In the Lord I take refuge.” And that’s it for David. Regardless what anyone says to him or how much it seems the wicked are winning – that is Davids’ position. He responds to those who tell him to run – that God is on the throne and He knows exactly what’s going on – before Him the wicked are done. David knows where he stands before God – David knows that he will “behold His face.”
How often do I forget all of these things!?
I love how black and white David is. Solid, confident and uncomplicated …. “In the Lord I take refuge.”
Father, I ask that you would expand that statement in my heart, mind & life as I sit & meditate on those words … the calm & release that they bring.
Written by Suzie Hodgson