Time to Take Flight

When things seem overwhelming Christians withdraw.  We have formed many Christian schools that hide us from the rest of the world.  We can sometimes withdraw from those around us who are strange, sinful, or somehow different from us.  The psalmis in today’s psalm is under pressure again.  He is mocked by those who expect him to flee, “Fly away little birdie!”  However, he engages with those who threaten him by taking a stand in the presence of God.  God is present with us at all times.  If we change our focus from the foes that surround us and the oppression that scares us to the calm assurance that God is with us, we can transform the world that we live in.  If we flee, we will leave the world less transformed by our God.

Psalm 11

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.
2 For look, the wicked bend their bows;
   they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
   at the upright in heart.
3 When the foundations are being destroyed,
   what can the righteous do?”

 4 The LORD is in his holy temple;
   the LORD is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
   his eyes examine them.
5 The LORD examines the righteous,
   but the wicked, those who love violence,
   he hates with a passion.
6 On the wicked he will rain
   fiery coals and burning sulfur;
   a scorching wind will be their lot.

 7 For the LORD is righteous,
   he loves justice;
   the upright will see his face.

Questions

  1. Whose psalm is this?
  2. What kind of pressures might David have felt to flee?
  3. How did Israel benefit from David standing firm in God?
  4. What pressures have you felt to withdraw?
  5. How do others benefit when you stand firm with God?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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1 Response to Time to Take Flight

  1. joshua says:

    some good introductory points here… come and get it spirituality or giant church fortresses where we beg people to come discover what they’re missing seem so far from the incarnational approach that jesus modeled, it’s incredible that we got here

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