“I’ve already run for dear life straight to the arms of GOD. So why would I run away now when you say, “Run to the mountains”? Psalm 11:1).
Mountains have always stood as strongholds for safety. David himself had lived with his band of mighty men in the mountain fortresses of caves and canyons; unreachable by the pursuit of his enemies. These cowering courtiers of Saul’s crumbling administration were urging David to go back to what he knew was secure.
But David knew that there is nothing more secure than the Arms of Love. “I’ve already run for dear life straight to the arms of GOD,” he answers them. “Why should I even consider running anywhere else?”
And then he drives the point home with power. “GOD hasn’t moved to the mountains; 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.”
In other words, David was reminding his fleeing friends that even though Saul may be wearing the crown as it set crooked upon his twisted head, nevertheless the Lord was on the Throne. And despite the clever maneuvers of those who are corrupt in their abuse of political power – the Lord is still calling the shots. Saul’s spear missed David, not because his aim was off but because the Lord’s defense was up.
And the same holds true for those who will rest in the Arms of Love today.
“His huge outstretched arms protect you — under them you’re perfectly safe; His arms fend off all harm. Fear nothing — not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon. Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze you” (Psalm 91:4-7, The Message).
Why not follow David’s example — make his confession become your very own: “I have already run for dear life straight to the arms of God!”