I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
This Psalm seems to have been written about the time that David and Israel were suffering pestilence at the hand of God because David had numbered Israel in 2 Samuel 24. When Gad, the Prophet, came to David and confronted him over his sin of numbering the people, he told David that the LORD was offering three different forms of punishment to David as a result of David’s willful sin and that he must pick one. David’s answer to the LORD, through Gad, was that I place myself and the kingdom in the LORD’s hand and will let Him choose.
What an awesome act of trust in the LORD. It’s not so hard to trust the LORD when He’s blessing us and pouring on all kinds of good things. It is an entirely different matter to place our trust completely and unreservedly in the LORD when we are suffering the rod of correction. We can understand that what we did was wrong and should be corrected but we want to choose the punishment because we want to make sure that it’s not too harsh on us and doesn’t disturb our kingdom too much.
David didn’t try to blame things on his subjects, his enemies or anything else. He merely placed his trust in the LORD even when he and the kingdom were suffering because of his mistake. David’s conclusion was that the LORD was his refuge and fortress even in the middle of judgment and punishment and that he was placing his trust in the LORD and wanted the LORD to do whatever seemed right in the eyes of God.