We said yesterday that the Psalm is not about us, but about the King, the King’s voice echoes through the Psalms. In vv. 3-13 we have the voice of one who speaks to the king, perhaps a priest or a prophet. The words of this messenger is that the king is safe:
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
The picture moves from the safety of a refuge, to journey, where the Lord’s protection is still real.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
The king comes under the protection of God, it is ‘his faithfulness’, God’s faithful character will keep his king safe from danger. And so the king is not to fear:
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
As the king faces his enemies, those enemies will face punishment, for coming against God’s king (vv. 7-8). Does this mean that there is no message of comfort to us? What of our situation in the face of ‘pestilence’?
Well, it does mean that we can’t claim these promises in a direct sense. We cannot foolishly walk in the street and expect no harm, or ignore government advice and expect not to get sick. That is what some would claim, but that is to claim to be God’s king, whom we are not. But there is the comfort, the promises of this Psalm found fulfilment in the one who fulfilled King David’s line, though he went down to the grave he was lifted up in new life, victory. God has proved Himself faithful to His King, as the King won the victory against death, sin and the devil. Our King did not flinch or fear in the face of the greatest battle, that is where he bore our sin on the cross. And through his resurrection, God’s promise to his king in this Psalm was fulfilled.
The comfort for us is that we can trust our king, who we know is victorious. At this time, we look to Prime Ministers and Presidents to lead us through this crisis. We pray for them, but even the best, at some point our confidence will fade. But as Christians, we have a king, whom God has kept his promises to. Not even death could hold him, as God rescued him from the grave. And his victory is shared with us. “For the one who trusts God, the sting of death is taken away even though death is not taken away. The tragic nature of the trial is removed, even though the trial itself is not removed.”
As we take refuge under God and his king, we can be confident, that as he has been victorious, so we will also share in his victory. Our King has won, as we trust him through this trial, we will triumph in glory with him.
Thank you that you protected your King, even through the grave.
Thank you that you invite us, trusting in him, to chare in his victory.
Help us at this time to take refuge in you and your king Jesus.
 O Palmer Robertson, p. 239