In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?
2 For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.
3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
4 The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord's throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.
5 The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.
7 For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.
A loved one of mine was once investigated by the county on false charges. This caused a great deal of pain and disruption in our lives. What was sometimes just as upsetting was what people would say in their attempts to comfort.
This psalm addresses that concern. In the midst of a crisis, knowledge of God’s overarching knowledge and justice may be the only comfort we have. There are few real places of refuge in this world, and knowing that God’s perspective is whole and sovereign can sometimes be our only comfort.
The world judges so quickly, so superficially. God’s knowledge of good and evil is much more comprehensive. And in the end we will see His face, a face full of love and compassion. What a beautiful promise!
Lisa Clark Diller
Chair, Dept. of History and Political Studies
Southern Adventist University