Flee as a Bird (Psalm 11)

As I said yesterday, I got confused and backed up to Psalm 10. I didn’t realize it until I already had the Psalm 10 post done and I said, I wrote it, I am going to post it. But, as promised, we are back on Psalm 11.

Psalm 11

Song of Trust in God

To the leader. Of David.

In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to me,
    “Flee like a bird to the mountains;
for look, the wicked bend the bow,
    they have fitted their 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 Lord is in his holy temple;
    the Lord’s throne is in heaven.
    His eyes behold, his gaze examines humankind.
The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,
    and his soul hates the lover of violence.
On the wicked he will rain coals of fire and sulfur;
    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.

When I first sat down with this text yesterday, after confusing myself with Psalm 10 and 11, and I had myself back on track, verse 1 brought back some memories for me.

My wife is a pretty good amateur musician. Though she doesn’t do much singing these days, she plays the flute and has a fair knowledge of several other instruments. I haven’t been able to get her to really try the guitar but I have yet to give up.

For someone who has never taken a piano lesson of any kind, and also not someone who really plays by ear, Cindy does a pretty good job on the piano. She reads music well and understands the layout of the keyboard but she also has a pretty limited repertoire, she does have several songs she plays, some better than others.

I guess it was close to 30 years ago, when we would go to the church to work on something or some other reason, Cindy would usually make her way to the piano and start playing. I would usually sit down and listen for a while.

She often played one song I wasn’t familiar with. At first she didn’t sing it so I didn’t know the lyrics. The song came from the old Broadman Hymnal. As I understand it, The Broadman Hymnal is to Baptists and The Cokesbury Hymnal is to United Methodists.

She finally started singing the lyrics. I really liked the song’s tune. When she started singing the lyrics I was in love with the song. Take a look at these lyrics:

[Verse 1]
Flee as a bird to your mountain
Thou who art weary with sin
Go to the clear flowing fountain
Where you may wash and be clean

[Chorus 1]
Fly, for the avenger is near thee
Call and the Savior will hear thee
He on his bosom will bear thee
Thou who art weary of sin, oh
Thou who art weary of sin

[Verse 2]
He will protect thee forever
Wipe every falling tear
He will forsake thee, oh, never
Sheltered so tenderly there

[Chorus 2]
Haste now, the hours are flying
Spend not the moments in sighing
Cease from your sorrow and crying
The Savior will wipe every tear, oh
The Savior will wipe every tear

Many of the comments I read online were critical of the first two lines, “Flee as a bird to your mountain, thou who art weary of sin…” I actually see the lyrics are pretty faithful to Psalm 11, and that is a good thing since Psalm 11 was the inspiration for “Flee as a Bird.”

It seems to me, whether dealing with my own sin and the consequences that can result, from the sins of others around me. I feel the impact of those sins and any of us, at least some of the time I can quickly or eventually grow weary of the sin (my own included) that is around me. I want to run to a place of peace. I want to take a break to regroup, to pray before I step back into the trenches. We all need time to rest and recover. We need to flee to the mountain to find a way beyond our weariness of sin.

David is right about this one and as far as I am concerned, those who are critical of Carolyn Herring’s wonderful song, are perhaps weary of sin but not enough to think about it in their next seventh day because we all need rest.

I recently found the guitar chords for “Flee as a Bird.” I think it is time for me to learn that one too. Because I love this song it would only make sense for me to learn to play those chords and sing the lyrics.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Seeking the genuine,
Keith

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved
Permission is granted to use these thoughts for non-commercial activities

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I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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