David often had to run for cover during the course of his life. He had to escape from Saul’s fury numerous times and on one occasion he even had to flee from one of his own sons, Absalom, who had led a palace revolt against his father. In the midst of such challenging and dark days, David composed some of his most helpful, wonderful, God- centered Psalms. This is one of them. You might even say that the opening line of Psalm 11 “In the LORD I take refuge” was one of David’s mottos !
These verses contain an account of a great temptation to David’s soul. He was tempted here to distrust God. It appears as if someone was beginning to sow doubt into David’s mind, telling him that it was time to escape from a certain situation. Perhaps it was even his own self, talking to himself, causing him to doubt God’s goodness and sufficiency, telling him to flee from a given situation (e.g. like Elijah in 1 Kings 19, when he was tempted to flee from Jezebel into the desert of Sinai) .
So it seems that David was responding to such a person (or perhaps even to himself) saying, “how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain?” ood friends can sometimes, in the name of love give us pragmatic rather than godly counsel. At other times we ourselves may be our worst own enemies. We are often inclined to listen to voices in our head (inspired by fear or self- preservation)“how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain?“ And so David was responding to this by speaking truth to himselfA refuge other than the Lord? Never ! “
Clearly, whoever was talking to him saw no hope for David’s present situation : “ David, your God cannot protect you in this situation. Flee!” Such times are dangerous , for our fleeing may actually lead us away from the will of God. David, you cannot trust God with this . You have to escape and flee to the mountains to take refuge there!” If it is the voice in our head that is talking to us, then we need to respond by not allowing
The threat to David’s soul was undoubtedly very real. Perhaps Saul or Saul’s ’s men who were skilled archers waiting to assassinate David while he was on his way from here to there…  for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart.
Here is David’s dilemma:  if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Under Saul’s government the foundations of righteousness and law and justice were being destroyed. For this reason God had already withdrawn from Saul. And Saul knowing that David was to be his successor could not accept that fact and tried to kill him many times. What is the man of God to do in such a case? Flee like a bird to the mountains? I like the answer that Spurgeon gives at this point : “His answer to the question, "What can the righteous do?" would be the counter-question, "What cannot they do?" When prayer engages God on our side, and when faith secures the fulfillment of the promise, what cause can there be for flight, however cruel and mighty our enemies? With a sling and a stone, David had smitten a giant before whom the whole hosts of Israel were trembling, and the Lord, who delivered him from the uncircumcised Philistine, could surely deliver him from King Saul … There is no such word as "impossibility" in the language of faith…”
 The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD's throne is in heaven;
his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.”
1. Perspective :  The LORD tests the righteous,
but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.  Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
 For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.
The crisis of faith for David occurs in vv. 2&3 : “how can you say to my soul, “Flee (plural) like a bird to your mountain, for behold , the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted the arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do ?”
The assault is directed against the heart of David’s trust in God – and in God’s Word . This is what happens so very often in the lives of believers. Their confidence in God gets shaken and when this happens they look for alternative measures. Be careful when this happens. The question that Satan posed to Eve in the garden of Eden, “Has God really said?” (Gen 3:1), remains Satan’s standard question and basis of assault upon us . When the authority and the veracity of God’s word is undermined what can the righteous do? Here are a number of ways in which the Namibian church is currently being tempted and tested with respect to her trust in the Lord :
· Much of Namibian church leadership draws attention to their own authority and wisdom and not God’s authority and Word. It is men and women with big titles (Reverend , Bishop , Apostle) that rule the church by their own authority, and not under the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word.
· Much of church worship is not Christ centered but man centered. Many Namibian churches engage in no serious attempt to make the Word of God known to their congregations. Much of what is called ‘preaching’ is based on the imitation of messages preached by American and African health- wealth and prosperity teachers. Messages resemble ‘motivational speaking’ characterized by modern business gurus, and ‘pop psychology’,which is a rehash of Dr. Phil and Oprah Winfrey and the likes , dressed up in Christian language. Most often it is not Christ and His word proclaimed that attracts people to the church. It is music and innovative stage productions that draw people who want to be entertained. In Namibia, endless choir items, liturgical dances etc. tend to crowd out the place of the preached word. In many Namibian churches you will find little or no systematic and public reading of the Bible in worship, but you will find plenty of testimonies that glorify men and not God.
· Many churches (particularly the older ‘main line’ churches) are succumbing to theological liberalism, tampering with the authority of the Bible by saying things like “…the Bible is not the Word of God – the Bible becomes the Word of God as it encounters me”. Others say that the Bible is not the Word of God , but the word of men about God . Other streams of liberal teaching which make a direct assault on the foundations of historic, biblical Christianity are movements like the Jesus seminar which denies the miracles of Christ and who teach among many things that Jesus was not raised bodily from the dead. They teach that belief in the resurrection is based on the visionary experiences of Paul, Peter and Mary. Postmodernism is yet another of these liberal streams , denying that you can know anything written in the Bible for sure . Clearly such an undermining of Christ and the clear words of Christ in the name of what is commonly called ‘scholarship’ and ‘academic integrity’ and ‘ the new hermeneutic‘ is devastating to many a sincere believer. Liberal theology in its many forms is deeply subversive, undermining the foundations of the historical Christian faith, and “ if the foundations are destroyed what can the righteous do?” ( Psalm 11:3)
We observe the impact that liberalism has on the church. We see how it lowers the spiritual temperature of the churches. We see it in the way in which our churches have very little real impact upon our society. The standard response of churches who no longer believe in the authority of Christ and the sufficiency of His Word is to get churches involved in social projects that have an appearance of relevance in the community. Now, nobody despises soup kitchens and the clothing of the poor and the looking after orphans and widows. These are indeed the out-workings of a biblical faith, but this is not the core activity of the church. It flows from the core activity of the church, which is the preaching of the gospel, with conviction, clarity and utter confidence that Jesus will change the heart of the man or woman who will look to Him and believe in Him. Our churches are not primarily social clubs or social welfare organisations. Churches are life- saving stations where sinners are mended and healed to be offered up for service to this broken world in the Name of Jesus our King! And our service always begins with the Word of God. So, what can believers do when the foundations are being destroyed?
David’s answer is this :
1. Don’t flee. Stand resolute! Don’t abandon your position on the authority of Scripture!
2. Know that God is in charge. He is in His temple. He is on the throne.
3. Know that He makes a distinction between the wicked and the righteous.
4. Know that He has appointed a day of judgement, and if you will be patient you will see His deliverance and in time to come you will see the wicked judged. You will see His face!