Song of the Steadfast
For the Pure and Shining One by King David
The Advice to Flee
1My faith shelters my soul continually in Yahweh.
Why would you say to me:
“Run away while you can!
Fly away like a bird to hide in the mountains for safety.
2For your enemies have prepared a trap for you!
Can’t you see them hiding
in their place of darkness and shadows?
They’re set against all those who live upright lives.
3What can the righteous accomplish
when truth’s pillars are destroyed and law and order collapse?”
The Answer of Faith
4Yet Yahweh is never shaken # 11:4 This is an implied contrast made explicit from the text. This psalm shows the contrast between what can be shaken and what is unshakable. —
he is still found in his temple of holiness,
reigning as King Yahweh over all.
He closely watches and examines everything man does.
With a glance, his eyes # 11:4 The actual Hebrew is “his eyelids.” Some see the “eyelid” as the lid of the ark of the covenant, which was the mercy seat. examine every heart,
for his heavenly rule will prevail over all.
5Yahweh tests both the righteous and the wicked.
God’s very soul detests lovers of violence.
6He will # 11:6 Or “May he.” rain down upon them judgment for their sins.
A scorching wind will be their lot in life.
7But remember this: Yahweh is the Righteous One who loves
justice, and every godly one
will gaze upon his face!