“How can you say to my soul,’Flee as a bird to your mountain’”?
Life hurls a vast array of difficulties at the child of God. We are struck with the common problems of every man, as well as those that are peculiar to attempting to follow Jesus, in the midst of ever increasing ungodliness. The question we are faced with is, where will we flee for safety, guidance and solace when struck by the trials of life? David thought it utterly preposterous to think of fleeing to the mountains for aid. To him, it was the Lord, and the Lord alone, who would be his defense.
There is something in the nature of all men that causes us to look to others when things get tough. When finances are short, we begin to think of who might be willing and able to assist us, and when illness strikes we seek out the best physician. While it is certainly not wrong to seek the aid of others, and we have scriptural basis for medicines and financial aid, it still remains critical that we learn to look first to the Lord for help. I wonder, how many amazing or even miraculous stories are never written because when times get tough we flee to the mountains?
Next time things are difficult financially, relationally or personally, run first to the Lord before seeking others. See what great ways God may want to minister to you, in the midst of the darkness engulfing you.
- We learn in Junior High Science class about adrenaline and the fight or flight response. It is not a new thing but part of human nature to run when things get scary. Why does David say it would be foolish for him to flee?
- Take a look at verse 3; what foundation are you building your life upon?
- God wants to bless everyone, but His wrath awaits those who refuse Him. What does David express about the coming judgment of God?
Psalm 12- Help!
1 Samuel 10- Selective Service
1 Samuel 11- Anger Aroused