Verse 1 – In the Lord I put my trust; how can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain?”
Verse 2 – 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.
Verse 3 – If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?
Verse 4 – The Lord is in His holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.
David was forced to flee from Saul many times. Just because God had anointed David to be king didn’t mean he was immune to injustice or kept people from hating him. We all have been in situations that look hopeless and want to quit. Putting our trust and faith in God will help us resist that fear that comes in these times. David knew that God’s power was not diminished by any turn of events. God was still on His throne in heaven and His all-seeing eye was watching everyone.
Verse 5 – The Lord tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.
The Lord does test the righteous. Genesis 11:1 – Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham… A time of testing “will come” in every believers life. Our attitude while we go through these times will determine whether we are victorious or defeated. It is a time of refining-working on our character. On the other hand, if we grow bitter and blame everyone and everything for what is happening , we will be stuck”right there!” A time of testing is not punishment, knowing our God is a good God, all the time. He loves us!
Verse 6 – Upon the wicked He will rain coals, fire and brimstone and a burning wind; this shall be the portion of their cup.
Verse 7 – For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.
So who is the upright and righteous? Too many believers today are being told that their righteousness “are as filthy rags.” That’s why they always feel defeated and guilty. The truth is “We are the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ!” Romans 3:22 says, “…even the righteousness of God which is through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all who believe.” For there is no difference;… 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For He (God) made Him (Christ) who knew no sin to be sin for us (Paul is talking to all believers ), that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Christ).