In the Lord I take refuge.
Take Refuge in the Lord – Psalm 11
1 In the Lord I take refuge.
How then can you say to me:
“Flee like a bird to your mountain.
2 For look, the wicked bend their bows;
they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
at the upright in heart.
3 When the foundations are being destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”
4 The Lord is in His Holy Temple;
the Lord is on His Heavenly Throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
His eyes examine them.
5 The Lord examines the righteous,
but the wicked, those who love violence,
He hates with a passion.
6 On the wicked He will rain
fiery coals and burning sulfur;
a scorching wind will be their lot.
7 For the Lord is righteous,
He loves justice;
the upright will see His face.
When King David is tempted to distrust God and take matters into his own hands, he leans into His Lord instead — reminding himself of who God is. Sitting on His Heavenly Throne, the Lord observes every person on earth. He knows the righteous and He knows the evil doers; He sees all the plans made in secret. This psalm points out that the Lord “hates” the wicked (those who love violence and plot evil) “with a passion.”
You are His beloved child. If someone does something to hurt you, they are hurting the ‘apple of God’s eye’ … and punishment will be severe (v 6). The Lord is all mercy and all just. Therefore, it is the upright … and the upright only … who will one day see Him face to face.