“In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?
For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.
If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.
The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.
For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.”
Websters Dictionary defines ‘providence’ as “divine guidance or care; God conceived as the power sustaining and guiding human destiny.”
By this time, we get that David spends a lot of time reflecting on the character traits of God and studying who He is. It sounds in the first verse as though David is a bit torn- He knows the Lord and trusts in Him, but he is hearing the advice of those around him and sees that it is given out of fear. Maybe the intentions of his friends weren’t bad, but it wasn’t what he needed to hear. His friends pointed out the dangers to come- the enemies rising up to shot him down. I love that they noted they will shoot the upright in heart. The enemy will attack you if you stand uprightly in the ways of God. They know David is a good man of God, and the enemy is taking aim at him, so they advise him to hide. His friends just wish to keep him safe.
David knows better. He reminds himself and his friends that God is with them. His problems may be many and very intimidating, but they cannot waive the God in which he puts his trust! David knows that God has seen his situation, and if God hasn’t left the temple, or fled from him, then David is going to stay too. Though the foundations are gone, David knows better than to give up. He responds to that question by pointing out that God tests the righteous. While the enemy may have his arrow pointed at you, do you see it as God testing you or as an excuse to flee? Do we fully believe, as David did, that there is nothing the enemy can do to us that we fear for? Do you realize that if the enemy could kill you, he would have by now? What really have we to fear when we believe in God?
David also knows that the God who sees all, will deal accordingly with the evil that is present. God doesn’t allow evil to continue. And David also operates in the knowledge that if he continues in righteousness, he will also continue in God’s love. He knows that the enemy can’t take God away from him, he can only try to get him away from God. To flee would be wrong. So he encourages himself and his friends to continue on in the Lord. Do you have a friend like that? One who you can talk to about problems or passions who returns your honesty with encouragement? Are you that kind of person for someone else? As we grow in the body of Christ, these are important gifts to keep track of. God didn’t leave us without a guideline or examples. We have everything we need. We need to actively pursue and believe Him for our needs!
Be blessed my dear friends!