“Therefore let all
Who are faithful
Offer prayer to you.
At a time of distress,
The rush of mighty waters
Shall not reach them.
You are a hiding place for me.
You preserve me from trouble.
You surround me
With glad cries of deliverance.
The faithful ones pray to Yahweh. At the time of distress, the rush of mighty waters does not reach the faithful praying ones. Yahweh hid and preserved David from trouble. He was surrounded with glad cries of deliverance. Once again, there is a pause for a musical interlude with the Selah.
“Sing praises to Yahweh!
O you his faithful ones!
Give thanks to his holy name!
His anger is but for a moment.
His favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night.
However, joy comes with the morning.”
The faithful ones have to sing praises to Yahweh. They have to give thanks to his holy name. Yahweh’s anger was only temporary but his favor lasted a lifetime. As this is the true understanding of love. There is always a momentary jarring or problem, but the love lasts a lifetime. While there was weeping at night, joy came with the morning. A good night’s sleep helps to solve a lot of problems.
“To the choirmaster leader, of David.
‘In Yahweh I take refuge.
How can you say to me?
‘Flee like a bird to the mountains!
The wicked bend the bow!
They have fitted their arrows to the string,
They shoot in the dark at the upright in heart.
If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?’”
Once again in Psalm 11, the theme of confidence dominates. The opening remarks are only to the choirmaster leader as this is a generic psalm of David. David or the psalmist takes refuge in Yahweh. Are you really safe if you fly to a mountain like a bird? The faithful ones are often compared to birds. Mountains were considered a safe place. However, the problem was more immediate as the wicked ones had their bow and arrows ready to shoot at them. They could shoot in the dark. What can the righteous ones do?