Now I Begin,
Now I Begin,
Psalm 11 Confidence in the Presence of God: David has been counseled by friends to flee to the mountain country during his time of trouble:
In the Lord I take refuge;
how can you say to me,
“Flee like a bird to the
The mountain country offers coverage from David’s enemies where he can hide and be safe. He finds this advice offensive choosing to seek protection through God. What is your mountain refuge? People use all sorts of things to escape their troubles; drugs, alcohol, and sex are a few. There are other ways we we withdraw from this world to escape when we find it difficult to cope. We may read a lot, sleep a lot, over exercise, or simply lose ourselves in mindless videos or games. It is okay to decompress from the day’s stress. We all need to step back and take a minute. However, there is a difference between hiding from your problems and engaging in a hobby.
True salvation can only be found through Jesus. He dwells all around us, his Houses of Worship, at our finger tips in his Gospel, in the Eucharist, in the wisdom of an another and on and on. He offers us protection, solace, and insight. Is this not who you should turn to when troubled? Do not run to the mountains. Run to the one who made the mountains. Run to God.