There is safety in the Lord.
I don’t need to listen to those who tell me to run and hide when I have already run to the Lord and hidden myself in his presence.
When temptation comes – like a sniper scoping me out for a kill – it wants to destroy my very personhood.
Is there anywhere I can go to get away from these temptations?
Didn’t the monks who hid themselves in desert caves still continually face their demons?
Even plucking out one’s eyes – as you suggested – won’t stop someone from lusting.
The problem is with us, not with our eyes!
There is nowhere a person who wants to do right can go to get away from temptation.
This is why I run to you.
You are the cement that never moves.
You are the bullet-proof jacket that shields me from the snipers.
Only in your organization with you chairing the meeting is there safety.
You watch over the good and the bad – showing disdain and hatred for those who enjoy evil and pull others down with them.
Judgement will come upon them.
As king you will rain/reign fire and brimstone upon them like you did to Pharaoh and the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.
You will burn them up and consume every memory of them in your holy anger.
We forget about this side of you God.
That you really do love what is right and just and that you really do hate what is despicable and evil.
Those who love you see your face in your son Jesus.
Jesus is the perfect picture of your love.
But let’s not forget that Jesus is also the perfect picture of your hatred – just read the book of Revelation!
Devotion By Cora Goodyear
David is encouraged to run away in this psalm. But he puts the idea to rest. He says with confidence in v4 “The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them.” In v 5-7, David says God examines the righteous but hates the wicked, who will be punished. David ends the psalm by saying the Lord is righteous, loves justice and the upright will see his face.
Psalm 11:7 “For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face (another translation says his countenance will uphold the righteous).”
How great is it to know that God’s countenance upholds us.
David is faced with danger in this chapter and encouraged to run away, perhaps for his safety. But he stands firm in his beliefs. He will trust in the Lord, no matter what. He KNOWS God sees all – what people say, do, think and desire. God knows the hearts of all – those who are his children and those who are not. The wicked will be judged and even the righteous tried at times BUT his countenance will uphold the upright. When God’s countenance shines on us we can reflect that light back to others – that love and pleasure bestowed on us when God is pleased with the things we do for him. Paul says in 2 Cor. 18 “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory…”
We can stand assured, no matter what circumstances we are in – God is there loving us and is pleased with what we do for his glory. He will stand up for us.
Point: We will see God’s face.