Where else, the psalmist asks, can I place my trust? “In the Lord I take refuge.” (v1a) So many of the entries in the psalter echo this same theme. Though life may be an uphill struggle in which we are pursued by our enemies. Though it may seem that evil has free run in our world and that the wicked are victorious. Although our calling may be one of persecution and even death, in who else can we trust? No one but the Lord.
The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them.
The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates. (vv 4-5)
The promise that we rest in is not in the ease and comfort of our lives, the promise is in knowing that through eternity we will be the recipients of the Lord’s unfailing justice. His grace has given us the path to redemption and removes our fear.
For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face. (v7)