Walking through this world could be compared to walking a minefield in a war zone. There are so many pitfalls and booby-traps in the way, as we plod on for Christ. Some are blatantly obvious; whilst others await as hidden predators. What is important is our everyday attitude. If we set sail without God as our guide, each morning, we very well may encounter a ‘mine’. However, God acts as a mine detector to all of those who place their faith in Him.
Worldly advice often directs us to flee a bad situation. In some cases, that is good advice; after all, it was God who programmed the fight or flight response within us. Psalm 11 is an example. We do not know the exact situation that David was in, but immediately he is given worldly advice to flee like a bird…(vs. 1). In essence, follow the worn-out advice of the world- which is to run from troubles. Nay sayeth David, “In the LORD put I my trust…” (vs. 1). Did you get that? In the Lord he trusts! On the solid rock he stood; realizing all other ground was sinking sand.
Personally, I have stepped on my share of land mines and most times I deserved it. I can tell you that this running/fleeing ‘garbage’ never cured anything. Modern-day psychologists advise us to leave our worries behind and start anew. Great advice? Try to sell that to the bill collectors, IRS or the Marshall, if you are a wanted person. We all have to face the piper someday. In the military, we were told never go around- go through.
It may have been easier for David to flee (path of least resistance). Everything around him was coming apart. He asks in verse 3, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? ” How many times have we asked ourselves that after watching the evening news? Well here is our answer. “The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright” vss. 4-7).
Never, never, never forget that God is in His Holy Temple! “…let all the earth keep silence before him” (Habuk. 2:20). No matter what befalls us, God is able. If folk mock our faith, our God or our Bible- so be it. Their mockery changes nothing but God’s opinion of them (vs. 5-6).