“In the Lord I put my trust; How can you say to my soul, ‘Flee as a bird to your mountain’? 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. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalm 11:1-3
Where do you put your trust?
As Christians we know what the answer to that question ought to be, but reality isn’t as simple as merely knowing what ought to be. The truth is that, when the rubber meets the road, there are many other factors that have an influence on where we’ve learned to put our trust than the scriptures we’ve read and the sermons we’ve heard.
We’ve all had a lot of different teachers when it comes to these lessons: our parents, grandparents, pastors, teachers, friends, employers, supervisors, etc. These influences together with our own life experiences have taught us practical values that we carry into every decision we make and these decisions when added together often reveal where it is we place our trust.
Some have learned to trust, or find their security in, money. For others it not so much the money but the possessions money can buy and they accumulate a lot. For others it gets more specific and the possessions have to fall in a certain category like food, clothes, toys, or tools and it seems like they always have quite a stock pile of their chosen source of comfort.
Others derive their sense of security from knowledge and they seem to always be in pursuit of learning more and more. Others find that being in control is what makes them feel safe so they try to live their lives anticipating nearly every contingency and limiting or eliminating virtually all surprises.
In our focus text, David declares that he has chosen to put his trust in God. Then he asks, “How can you tell me to, ‘Flee as a bird to the mountain’?”
When David lived a mountain was a natural place of safety. Still today, even with modern weapons and numerous options for aerial assault, mountains serve as effective places to secure oneself because they offer many advantages for natural defense.
But David rejects the mountain. He’s placed his trust in God and he won’t endanger himself by trying to get to another place of refuge. He points out that his enemies are just waiting for him to get nervous and lose his confidence in God and make a run for a new shelter. Even now their arrows are on the string. David chooses to remain with God. God may test him but his eye his also always on his child and he will protect him.
What, or who, will you choose?