Standing tall with God is developed through learning to depend on him and face up to fearful times where we are tempted to run from him to some supposed place of safety. (Psalm 11-Message)

 I’ve already run for dear life straight to the arms of God.

David has seen a threat and does not brush it aside in arrogance, presuming on his own godliness, or in the Lord’s protection as if that were some impersonal force. He has run to the one he trusts will save him.

So why would I run away now when you say,

“Run to the mountains; the evil bows are bent, the wicked arrows Aimed to shoot under cover of darkness at every heart open to God. The bottom’s dropped out of the country; good people don’t have a chance”?

There are those around us who are fearful and spread fear. In their fear they point to the safety of the mountains. In the mountains one could hide, or at least be on a more equal footing with those who are seeking to attack with bow and arrows. So, in our day there are places of refuge that we can flee to from those who would attack verbally or even physically.

The attacks are not indiscriminate, but are focused on those who seek God. There is a shift in society. Instead of a people focused on God, the bottom has fallen out, values are in disarray. In such a situation good people don’t have a chance.

Yet these cries of fear squeeze out God. They say that the only protection is to take things into our own hands – run to the mountains.

But God hasn’t moved to the mountains;

True safety is not the absence of danger, but the absence of the Lord. If God has not moved to the mountains, then the mountains are not a place of safety. The genuine place of safety might be in what appears to be the most perilous situation.

his holy address hasn’t changed. He’s in charge, as always, his eyes taking everything in, his eyelids Unblinking, examining Adam’s unruly brood inside and out, not missing a thing.

The Lord is well aware of what is going on. Keep calm, don’t run away, trust that he is able and willing to save. He is in charge, He sees all.

What the Lord sees is an unruly bunch of people. Of course the ideal is that I am not one of them, but the fact is, all too often, I am as unruly as the next person. I may be a little more mature than some, but I have my weak spots, and can be pushed over the limit if the right buttons are pressed.

He tests the good and the bad alike; if anyone cheats, God’s outraged.

Now we see things from the Lord’s perspective.

We tend to look at everything in terms of ourselves and those who cause us grief. Our question concerning the Lord is more often than not, ‘why doesn’t he save me?’ Yet from the Lord’s perspective; He looks on to see how we will behave through the trial. Do we really trust Him to act for the best? If we don’t trust Him then we will cheat to gain advantage. At that He will be outraged.

Fail the test and you’re out, out in a hail of firestones, Drinking from a canteen filled with hot desert wind.

The Lord sets the test in front of us and if we fail it, then we end up needing to learn the lessons of faith that would have kept us from the danger in the first place. This OUT that we read here is not a finality, it is not condemnation. It is an even more challenging situation from which to learn what we have demonstrated that we did not see first time round.

 God’s business is putting things right; he loves getting the lines straight, Setting us straight. Once we’re standing tall, we can look him straight in the eye.

The Lord’s intention is for us to be the people he delights in. He trains us so that we can stand with Him in the heavenlies. He desires to see us standing tall with Him. He desires to see trust, honesty and integrity in our lives so that when we are together, we can look each other straight in the eye with no embarrassment and no secrets.

Psa 11:1 – 11:7