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,
a scorching wind their allotted cup.*d
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).
* [11:3] Foundations: usually understood of public order, cf. Ps 82:5.
* [11:6] Their allotted cup: the cup that God gives people to drink is a common figure for their destiny, cf. Ps 16:5; 75:9; Mt 20:22; 26:39; Rev 14:10.
b. [11:2] Ps 7:13; 37:14; 57:5; 64:4.
c. [11:4] Ps 14:2; 102:20; Hab 2:20; Dt 26:15; Is 66:1; Mt 5:34.
d. [11:6] Ps 120:4; 140:11; Prv 16:27; Ez 38:22; Rev 8:5; 20:10.