Psalms 11:1 Why Flee?

Psalms 11:1 (KJV)
In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?

Albert Barnes sets this verse up as a contrast between the believers and those enemies of the Lord.

“…how can you give me such counsel, as if I were to run away from danger, and to put no trust in God? He seems to have supposed that such an act of flight would have been construed by his enemies, and by the enemies of religion, as evidence that he had no faith or confidence in God.”

Though the world may view it as the common and prudent way to address evil and avoid danger, the Christian finds a different refuge than the mountains. He finds the strength to stay in confidence rather than to flee in fear.

It seems to me that the question is bigger than this because it is obvious God used the flight of the believers in Jerusalem under the persecution of Saul. But, it’s interesting, isn’t it that the Christians scattered everywhere but the Apostles stayed in Jerusalem?

Paul is later shown to flee at times and to stand his ground and other times.

It seems to me then that the answer is neither staying nor fleeing but in trusting the Lord. We ought to be so in tune with the Lord where we know it is the Lord who is leading us either way.

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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