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Psalm 11

A David Psalm

1-3I've already run for dear life straight to the arms of God.

So why would I run away now

when you say,

"Run to the mountains; the evil

bows are bent, the wicked arrows

Aimed to shoot under cover of darkness

at every heart open to God.

The bottom's dropped out of the country;

good people don't have a chance"?

4-6But God hasn't moved to the mountains;

his holy address hasn't changed.

He's in charge, as always, his eyes

taking everything in, his eyelids

Unblinking, examining Adam's unruly brood

inside and out, not missing a thing.

He tests the good and the bad alike;

if anyone cheats, God's outraged.

Fail the test and you're out,

out in a hail of firestones,

Drinking from a canteen

filled with hot desert wind.

7God's business is putting things right;

he loves getting the lines straight,

Setting us straight. Once we're standing tall,

we can look him straight in the eye.