Psalm 11 Commentary
The LORD is a strong tower, the demilitarized green zone. There can never be a safer place. Those who take refuge in God are forever safe. They don’t need any other safe haven. Definitely not the mountain!
The world thinks the mountain is a safer hiding place. From there, the enemy can easily be seen. The mountain also makes the battle more difficult for the enemy. And from this advantaged position, protecting against those shooting from the dark becomes easier. You give them an uphill battle.
This psalm is written to warn the saint against the temptation of looking at the mountain option. How then can you say to me, “Flee like a bird to your mountain.” At the same time, the scripture is encouraging us to run to God, our strong tower. From here, we find protection against the arrows that come from dark places – whose source and timing we cannot know. But regardless and in the strong tower, we are always safe, even against stealth weapons.
The mountain represents an easier and more logical option for the world. The saint must understand that for nearly every heavenly menu, there exists an easy-looking but wrong and evil menu. The mountain is an example of an evil option because it replaces God from the operation. Or when it is brought in to supplement or help God, you know you have even a bigger problem with the Jealousy of Heaven.
Could the understanding of God as the only available protection for the saint be the foundation? If we don’t understand it; or if we misapply it; could this be the point at which this very important foundation is destroyed? And if destroyed, indeed, what can the righteous do?
There is a silent admission of a huge problem in the world: the foundation is destroyed. The foundation is that huge rock we now know as the LORD Jesus Christ, the Rock of Ages. Without this foundation, the righteous, or those who seek to be righteous don’t stand a chance. Life becomes a rat race. But the LORD is still active and in charge. The righteous can still find the LORD. And with the proper foundation in place, the righteous can now live as per the original plan – something to reflect on.
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