1 In the Lord I take refuge; How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain;
2 For, behold, the wicked bend the bow, They make ready their arrow upon the string to shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.
3 If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?”
4 The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.
5 The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, And the one who loves violence His soul hates.
6 Upon the wicked He will rain snares; Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup.
7 For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face.
–Psalms 11:1-7 (NASB)
It’s hard with many of the Psalms, to understand with certainty what occasioned David’s writing. This Psalm seems to be dealing with “how to respond to threats”,… possibly it is in response to Saul’s first attempt to kill him in 1 Samuel 18.
You can imagine how the situation would confuse a young man like David, he is following the direction of the Lord in his life, serving his king faithfully. But as he rises to prominence, the man who should be both a blessing and an example to him, filled with jealous rage, turns and tries to kill him.
What does a guy do at that point? Does he run? Does he fight back? What do you do when the foundations are destroyed, when the basic things in life are upside down?
David’s conclusions are the right conclusions,… you run to the Lord. He is the only refuge, He is the only Righteous Judge, and He is your only hope.