One thing I like about King David — he seems to say out loud what everyone else simply thinks.
This verse in Psalms 55 is one example of King David’s boldness:
Is this a bold statement? Yes, it is a bold cry for escape!
King David wished he could escape from something. He wanted to escape from ‘the windy storm and tempest,’ to escape from the ‘violence and strife,’ and from the ‘deceit and guile’ that he saw all around him (Psalms 55:9-11). Any reasonable person would desire to escape such things as David describes.
Escaping turmoil, violence, and wickedness remains a passionate desire of all those who long to walk in the true and righteous pathway of Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God].
Psalms 55 tells it like it is! King David sees all around him the wickedness of his day, and he wants no part of it! He boldly declares his desire for wings to escape, and flee into the quiet solitude of the wilderness.
King David is not alone in this desire.
The prophet Jeremiah wanted to flee the wickedness of his day (Jeremiah 9:2). The prophet Micah groaned over the wicked people of his day (Micah 7:1-4). Righteous Lot was vexed with the filthy, wicked behavior of his day (2Peter 2:7). Many of the prophets probably had moments of wishing for escape from the distressing evil of their day.
Truth is Fallen
When wickedness overtakes the land, it is as the prophet Isaiah declared:
What is the evidence that truth is fallen?
When truth is fallen, people have ceased from walking in the Truth of Yahuwah’s Word. When truth fails, people begin to walk in opposition to Yahuwah’s Word.
When people cease from walking in truth, then righteousness, tranquillity, and safety begin to crumble. When people cease from walking in truth, many things become perverted, and are out of order. When truth falls, multitudes begin to walk foolishly, having no shame, doing whatever is right in their own eyes! (Proverbs 12:15; Zephaniah 3:5; Judges 17:6)
When truth falls, leaders distort and reject the Words of Yahuwah. When truth falls, many begin to have no respect for, nor fear of, the living God.
And, when truth falls, those who desire to walk uprightly, and live according to God’s righteous standards, they become the focus of attacks, mockings, and persecutions.
So it is perfectly normal, when Yahuwah’s people are burdened beyond strength, to wish for wings to fly away and escape the perversity, the deception, and the wickedness all around them. Sadly, King David’s desire to ‘fly away’ will never be outdated.
Yes, there are troubles and trials in all ages. Afflictions in this life are so constant that we can agree with Eliphaz the Temanite: people are born to have trouble! (Job 5:7a)
But perhaps, in the midst of today’s troubles, in this 21st century, the desire to fly away and escape is the Holy Spirit’s whisper, warning us of what Father has told us through the prophets Hosea and Isaiah:
The prophets’ words are a current, modern-day description. Are we in that time when Father is about to bring the fury of His judgment on the land, but urges His own people to hide themselves?
Or is it just a cowardly desire, to want to fly away and escape? Either way, I will admit my secret desire: Oh that I had wings like a dove, so that I could fly away!
King David was not ashamed to admit his anguish, and the fearfulness of being surrounded by wickedness on all sides. It takes courage to honestly recognize and admit our own grief, and the fearfulness of Father’s wrath we see coming upon the land.
When King David admitted his intense fearfulness, he then began to remember the lovingkindness of Yahuwah. I suspect that David began to remember the multitude of times that Father had given David mercy, rescue, and help — see Psalms 18:1-3; 22:5; 34:4; 54:7; 55:18; 56:13; 86:13; 116:8.
As For Me
David knew there was no safety within his own abilities (Psalms 33:16-19). So when he saw the surrounding turmoil, he eagerly acknowledged his one and only pathway of deliverance and hope:
King David called upon the Mighty One of Israel, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God].
Calling upon Yahuwah with a true and sincere heart, is the anchor of hope through ‘the windy storm and tempest!’ Calling upon Him helps us remember that God is able to give us all the grace, the help, and the safety we need to complete His purposes (Psalms 77:11; 2Corinthians 9:8; Philippians 1:6)
There is no safety in any of our abilities! So, as King David urges us to do, let us call upon Abba Father:
- The Holy Spirit – Our Amazing Comforter
- Enduring Our Trials
- Seeking God With All Our Heart
- One Lost Out of Hundreds
- The Missing Link to Finding Happiness
- When We Are Weak – remembering Father’s purposes in choosing us
- Where Can I Find Help In My Time of Need?
- Under His Wings I Shall Trust