The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them. The Lord examines the righteous,
but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion. On the wicked he will
rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. For the Lord is
righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.
David's answer to his advisors points out the fact that God is not
surprised by the actions of men on this earth. He knows what is going on and He will
intervene on behalf of His people (the righteous). Absalom travelled to Hebron where he
was proclaimed king of Israel and was embraced by the people. When David was told that
the people were with Absalom, he decided to flee. David knew that God was on his side
and yet he gave in to worldly advice and fled. As Christians, we are often faced with
situations where it seems that the entire world is against us. During these times, we
all have the same decision to make; we can choose to stand in faith or we can take to
flight out of fear. Though we know in our heads and our hearts that God is with us, we,
like David, may still flee every now and then. God can even use these failures to grow
us in our faith for the next time it happens.