…Psalm 11: Where Do We Put Our Trust


Desperate people take desperate measures...especially Saul!  Saul’s own son and Saul’s servants have been advised “that they should kill David!”  Jonathan felt otherwise. He delighted in David and loved him as his own brother.

Passage:  1 Samuel 19   Jonathan Warns David of Trouble

Jonathan told David, saying, “My father Saul seeks to kill you. Therefore please be on your guard until morning, and stay in a secret place and hide.  And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are— and I will speak with my father about you. Then what I observe, I will tell you.”

So desperately wicked is the heart of a man without the grace of God.  This makes me think so much of what is going on all around us today.   We all need at times to find a place of refuge.  To talk and listen to the Lord—to see things again through God’s perspective.   David answered Jonathan “…in the Lord do I take refuge.”  In this Psalm he challenges those who tell him “to flee as a bird” as if they were saying God is not sufficient enough for this.

Truth for today:  The people saw the mountains as place of refuge, security, and strength.  They had not yet apprehended David’s secret of seeking refuge in something invisible and spiritual—many today take the same outlook.  For security we look to the material world and human resources.   God’s Word says this:

   “But the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed,
     But My kindness shall not depart from you,
     Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed”   Isaiah 54: 10
  •  David is fearful for his life and is being advised to flee—instead he expresses his faith in God who will be his hiding place. (vv. 1–2).
  • He believes God will destroy the wicked who threaten him, for He is a righteous God and the Rock of his foundation (vv. 4–7).
  • The foundations have been laid (vs. 3)  and David will never depart from them.

Psalm 11   

1     In the Lord I put my trust—How can you say to my soul,

     “Flee as a bird to your mountain”?
2     For look! The wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow on the string,
     That they may shoot secretly 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,
     But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.
6     Upon the wicked He will rain coals, fire and brimstone and a burning wind,
     Shall be the portion of their cup.
7     For the Lord is righteous,  He loves righteousness—
     His countenance beholds the upright.