My God will Defend by Virgil Stripes

Psalm 11:1-7 (ESV)

In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain, for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man. The LORD tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.

According to Adam Clarke’s Commentary, this Psalm is a combination of David’s advisors and David’s response.

It starts with David stating that he takes refuge in the Lord, and questioning his advisors on why he should flee. Then the advisors make their case. David finishes by stating that The Lord is in His Temple, on His Throne. He will protect and defend David.

It is amazing to me that although David had done nothing wrong, King Saul was jealous because of David’s military victories, and the people loved this ruddy young man. Saul had failed to do what is right and wait on the Lord and on His prophet, so the Lord rejected him. David on the other hand, was doing right, and so was being blessed in all he did.

It is good for us to remember how David reacted when threatened. He did not shrink from danger, he continued to be consistent, and play his harp (or lyre) and the music actually had a calming effect on King Saul. There were many times that Saul reacted poorly and threatened or attacked David, yet David never raised his hand against Saul. Saul was the king. Even though David had also been anointed, he did not seek to replace Saul. He knew that Saul would eventually die, and then David would have the throne. But David didn’t really seek the throne.

As we think about the stories of the Old Testament, we can learn how we should act when under duress. We have a God and Savior that will protect us when it is time. Or when / if the time comes that we may be called upon to give our lives as did most of the 12 Apostles, let us rely upon our God for strength and wisdom. We need to be able to discern when to stand and fight and when to say: The Lord is on His Throne, He will defend!

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