May 3, Run and Hide?

Today’s reading: Psalms 11-15

“In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: ‘Flee like a bird to your mountain. For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?’” - Psalm 11:1-3.

David was always facing some kind of opposition and trouble, and in today’s passage some of his advisers were urging him to run away and hide. There were times when David did that, but then there were times when he stood his ground, fought or faced the danger. Whatever his strategy, his life philosophy can be summed up in verse one: “In the Lord I take refuge.” The apostle Paul also had to face dangerous situations and sometimes he fled while at other times he stood his ground. Paul’s philosophy can be found in Philippians 3:10-11: “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” What is your life philosophy where danger and death are concerned? Is the Lord truly your refuge? What proof can you provide that bears out your trust in Him?