For the director of music. Of David. 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.
When trouble comes and the foundations of life are shaken, the world tells us to save ourselves, to run and take cover, to hide. It’s like a taunt: where can you go, what can you do?
To me it’s an echo of how they taunted Jesus – save yourself!
It may seem like the end of the line. It may seem like there is no hope.
But there is.
In times of trouble and uncertainty, my hope is found in verse 4: The Lord sits on His throne (NIV).
What a beautiful reminder of who our God is: God remains seated. He is not anxious or pacing about wondering what to do. He remains in control. He is peace.
So when the things around me make me nervous or worried, I will not run away. Instead I will run to You Lord God. For you are my hiding place, safe and secure. I choose to trust that You have all things in control.
Written by Gab Martin