Confidence in the Presence of God
1For the leader. Of David.
In the LORD I take refuge;
how can you say to me,
“Flee like a bird to the mountains!a
2See how the wicked string their bows,
fit their arrows to the string
to shoot from the shadows at the upright of heart.b
3*If foundations are destroyed,
what can the just one do?”
4The LORD is in his holy temple;
the LORD’s throne is in heaven.c
God’s eyes keep careful watch;
they test the children of Adam.
5The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked,
hates those who love violence,
6And rains upon the wicked
fiery coals and brimstone,
7The LORD is just and loves just deeds;
the upright will see his face.
* [Psalm 11] A song of trust. Though friends counsel flight to the mountain country (a traditional hideout) to escape trouble (Ps 11:1–3), the innocent psalmist reaffirms confidence in God, who protects those who seek asylum in the Temple (Ps 11:4–7).