Psalm 11 has the Psalmist reminding us to take refuge in the Lord. “In the Lord I take refuge”. We see consistently in scripture that the Lord is our refuge and our strength, but that is only true if we come to Him and allow Him to be that refuge. Too often we tend to run from God, rather than running to Him when times a difficult. There is no safer place to run than to the Lord. He alone is our Protector. He alone has the power to protect us from the enemy whom is out to destroy us.
David’s enemies are trying to make him afraid of a secret attack. When we fear the things we can’t see, we are really walking in fear! God is in heaven, but He certainly is not distant or disconnected. “The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test, the children of man”. He sees all. He is not distracted and knows everything that is happening in our life. When fear comes upon us, we can only get to faith by spending time with the LORD. When we pray about our problems, faith assures our heart.
God is not oblivious to what we are doing though. His watchful eye happens for a reason. “The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence”. God is paying attention to how we live. He loves righteousness, and hates evil, and watches to see how we are living. Evil is a choice. And it will bring judgment from a holy God. The righteous know the LORD is in control. God in heaven is watching and sees how sinful my enemy is.
“For the Lord is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face”. What an amazing promise. God loves His own – those who are righteous and live in a way that aligns with His expectations. And for those that do, scripture tells us that the upright will see Him face to face. What a picture to look forward to. A chance to look into God’s eyes face to face. It won’t be for everyone. Only those who walk righteously with the Father.