Faith Not to Flee, Part 1
"In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?"
Our enemy desires to drive us off the path of God. He tempts us to look for security elsewhere and say that God is not enough. David portrays this struggle as a desire to flee from God’s path into the mountains for safety. The Israelites did just this in the days of King Saul, when they faced the Philistine threat. Instead of trusting God, the people hid in caves and holes among the rocks (1 Sam. 13:5–6).
Why is it wrong to flee to the mountain? The danger is certainly real, and our enemies are intent on hurting us (v. 2). The trial or temptation we face has real teeth to it. Why shouldn’t we flee?
David answers these questions in the first line of the psalm—I trust in the Lord. From this simple truth, David develops five reasons to stay in the path. Today, we’ll look at the first two reasons and cover the rest in the next post.
There Is No Other Foundation Than Faith in God (v. 3)
If we choose to leave God’s path out of fear, then where would we go? There is only one sure foundation (Luke 6:48–49; 1 Cor. 3:10–12). Leaving God’s path exchanges a solid foundation for the shifting sands of the world’s false security. As believers walking in God’s way, we stand on the only secure footing in this storm-driven world. If we believe that God isn’t sufficient, we won’t find anything that is.
Our All-Seeing God Sits Enthroned in Heaven (v. 4)
God doesn’t ignore our trials, neither is He unable to intervene. Just like the Old Testament temple represented God’s nearness to His people, God watches from His heavenly temple and stays with us. He watches from His throne, the symbol of unstoppable absolute power. God sees all. His evaluation of our trial is perfect and just. God sees all and He’s in complete control.
In the next post, we’ll explore more reasons to rest secure in God’s path.
Final Thought: There is no greater place of safety than God.
CJ Harris is the managing editor for Positive Action, where he helps plan, develop, and launch Bible curricula for churches and schools. Having served as a youth pastor and Sunday School teacher, he has a passion for teaching young people about the glories of their God. A bit of a history buff, CJ received his Ph.D. in Church History in 2011, based on a study of Reformation-era missions philosophy. He and his wife—also a student and teacher of history—have two sons.