12/09/18 - Flee as a Bird to Your Mountain

“In the Lord I put my trust; How can you say to my soul, ‘Flee as a bird to your mountain’?  For look!  The wicked bend their bow.  They make ready their arrow on the strong that they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart.   If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”   (Psalms 11:1-3)


         You are probably familiar with the old hymn (set to the mournful Spanish air) Flee As A Bird by Mary Dana (#151 in our song books).  The song comes from this psalm of David.  He writes about trusting in the Lord in spite of the most trying circumstances and threats against him.  This is a theme that we see in several of the psalms.  As a young shepherd, later as he fled from Saul, and still later as king of Judah and Israel, David understood what it meant to face obstacles and to stare in the face of his enemies.  In all these times, he trusted in the Lord.


        Is there a place of safety where you can flee as a bird to your mountain?  When you lay your head on your pillow are you spiritually at peace?  When you awaken are you reminded that you are not alone, no matter what you are going to face in that day?  When you face hardships, daily problems, difficult people, financial burdens, sickness, and even death . . . do you put your trust in the Lord who cares for you?


        Jesus reminded us in His teaching “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, yet your Heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26)  “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin?  And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will” (Matthew 10:29).  If God provides a refuge of safety for the smallest of birds, will He not much more deliver us and provide refuge for us in our times of need.


        The next time you go outside take a look around.  You will probably see some birds in the trees, on a fence or power line, or perhaps pecking at the ground for a meal.  Though we often go by and ignore them, God in Heaven knows where every one of them is and is taking care of them.  What about you?  God knows where you are and what you need.  Let out a big sigh of relief.  Trust in the Lord for every little detail.  Utter a prayer of thanks and trust.  Ask God for what you need and then let it go into His hands, knowing that He loves you and will take care of you.  Then flee as a bird to your mountain!  There you will find peace of mind, rest for your weary soul, and joy in the safety of God’s hand.