Faith Not Flight
Psalm 11:1 – In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain.”
It’s always easier to run away. It’s always easier to run to a cave. It’s always easier to get away. That’s what David’s friends were telling him. “Flee like a bird to the mountain. Your enemies are stringing up their bows and are shooting at you from the shadows. Your enemies are pulling back that arrows to pierce your heart. Just run away! Just hide away in a cage.”
But David has a sure fire answer for this friends. “We live by faith, therefore we do not flee. God is our refuge and our strength and ever present help in trouble. The Lord is in his temple and he is watching what is going on. We live by faith.”
He right, you know. What do we have to fear when the God who made the heaven and the earth is our God? What do we have to fear when the God who redeemed us with the blood of Jesus is our Savior. What do we have to fear when the Savior who ascended higher than all the heavens is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. We have nothing to fear though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. We have nothing to fear though hardships fall upon us and trouble overwhelms us. We have nothing to fear because God is our refuge and God is our strength. We have nothing to fear because God is our Redeemer and God is our Helper.
Lord God, there is much to fear. My heart and my hands are shaking. My mind is racing a million miles a minute. But you, God, hold me in the palm of your hand. But you, God, have a plan and purpose for me and for my life. But you, God, have all things under your control. But you, God, have loved me with an everlasting love. But you, God, have redeemed me from death and made me your own dear child. But you, God, are my refuge and strength. Your everlasting arms are all around and underneath me on every side. Help leave me to live in faith not in flight today. Amen.