For the director of music. Of David.
1 In The LORD I take refuge.
How then can you say to me:
“Flee like a bird to your mountain.
2For look, the wicked bend their bows;
they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
at the upright in heart.
3When the foundations are being destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”
4The LORD Is in HIS Holy Temple;
The LORD Is on HIS Heavenly Throne.
HE Observes everyone on earth;
HIS Eyes Examine them.
5The LORD Examines the righteous,
but the wicked, those who love violence,
HE Hates with a passion.
6On the wicked HE Will Rain
fiery coals and burning sulfur;
a scorching wind will be their lot.
7For The LORD Is Righteous,
HE Loves Justice;
the upright will see HIS Face.
Some of David's friends seem to have given him this advice when they saw Saul bent on his destruction: "Flee as a bird to your mountain;" you have not a moment to lose; your ruin is determined; escape for your life; get off as swiftly as possible to the hill-country, to some of those inaccessible fortresses best known to yourself; and hide yourself there from the cruelty of Saul.
They compare him to a little, fearful, trembling bird, wandering from its nest, moving through fear from place to place, whereas his heart was fixed, trusting In The LORD.
To which advice he answers, "In The LORD put I my trust," shall I act as one who believes he is forsaken of the Protection of The ALMIGHTY? No: I put my trust in HIM, and I am sure I shall never be confounded.