For the director of music. Of David.
In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain.
For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.
When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them.
The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates.
On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot.
For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.
GNT … In the circumstances of evil times, from the persecutions of ungodly men and ungodly laws, we go to the sure protection of God. Much consolation is found in this security, and the firm reliance of a happy termination to all sorrow and persecution.
Peril is imminent; the bows are bent; the arrows already fitted to the string. In the midnight darkness the assault will be made. The foundations of society are being torn down, but our safety & protection is in Jesus!