When fidelity, honesty, society, morality and true biblical spirituality are turned on their head, and life turns upside down, most stresses and voices yield a counsel of despair.
Yet in David's day, about 1000 BC, with His Kingdom perched on the brink, and about to slide off the cliff, this "bird in the cage" was not about to concede ground to the impulse of "flight or fight" - instead the Old Testament Christ is resolute in trust.
1 In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, "Flee like a bird to your mountain, 2 for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; 3 if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" - Psalm 11:1-3
It is the believing visualization of evil's ultimate lot that brings sanity to the mind, confidence to the heart and endurance of such trials, if we are tempted to give up.
Showers of molten pumice, like Sodom and Gomorrah! Fanned sulfuric flames eternally whipped up in a furnace!
Here is fair repayment of the arrogance and pride that caused the earth to shake, assailed the seed of Christ, and undermined God's Truth.
Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup - Psalm 11:6
All depends, of course, on the Doctrine of the LORD - it is the High and Holy King, our transcendent cosmic sovereign, omniscient and just, whose eyelids slowly blink with a fully-discerning gaze that penetrates all thoughts and exposes hidden acts.
The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD's throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man - Psalm 11:4
If the God of Glory's face will satisfy His saints, it is the prospect of The End, for both the evil and the good, that will calm our anxious hearts.
For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face - Psalm 11:7
The marvel of the Gospel is how we come to share such hope! Just like the lost, we, like the rest, deserve to incinerate. "There go I, but for the grace of God!"
It is by Sovereign Grace alone, and the Cross of Christ, where fanned-up wrath of the Father's fire and brimstone scorched, that we, in the end, might, gaze on the bright sight of glory in His face.