In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to me,
“Flee like a bird to the mountains,[a]
for look, the wicked bend the bow,
they have fitted their arrow to the string,
to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart.
If the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”
The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord’s throne is in heaven.
His eyes behold; his gaze examines humankind (Psalm 11:1-4).
The writer of Psalm 11 is living in tumultuous times. Even the very foundations of Israel’s way of life is threatened. The temptation is to flee far away from the threat, leave the war zone, and hopefully find some peace and quiet to live the one life that has been given. Even those around the psalmist are encouraging him to make haste away from it all as they apparently are as well.