Where is security
— the Lord is in His temple
made a covenant with Jonathan in the wilderness 1sa2316.
¶ <<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.>> In the LORD put
I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?
2 For, lo, the wicked
bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they
may privily shoot at the upright in heart.
literary structure at the bottom of this page.
Fleeing as a bird from the Lord
places us in danger of being shot by the wicked who are in hiding.
If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
¶ The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne is in heaven:
his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.
|Where is security if the foundations
of truth are unreliable? But they are certain. The Lord is in His temple.
He records human behavior for judgment according to the foundations He
has established (his law). The word try
here is bachan. The Lord looks at the record and judges. Compare
The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence
his soul hateth.
Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible
tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.
|The Lord tests the righteous. His
pure heart hates violence and those who choose it will suffer His wrath
as He stands to protect the righteous. The wicked are trapped by their
For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold
||By contrast, the Lord loves righteousness
and looks with favor on the righteous. The "foundations" and "temple" ideas
here bring to view the covenant law which God gave as His standard of righteousness.
structure of the psalm
Notice the contrast
between matching pairs (like 1 and 7, 2 and 6)
- Doubt - Why flee from the Lord?
Trust is needed . . . . . . . . . . . . .
- Deception thrust upon righteous - Wicked
shoot at righteous who flee . . . . . . .
. . . . .
- Foundations attacked - Spread of doubt
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
- Security - The Lord is in His temple
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
- Righteous are tested - Do they trust
the foundation? . . . . . . . . .
- Punishment poured down on wicked - Caught
in their own traps of deception
- Assurance - The Lord looks with favor
on the righteous