"My heart is in anguish within me,
And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Fear and trembling come upon me,
And horror has overwhelmed me.
I said, 'Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.
Behold, I would wander far away, I would lodge in the wilderness.'
'I would hasten to my place of refuge From the stormy wind and tempest.'”
David's heart was in anguish. A victim of treachery, he longed to escape to a place far away where he could rest. By the end of this psalm he testifies that it is God who is his refuge.
"As for me, I shall call upon God, And the LORD will save me." (v. 16) When the storms of life rage, we, too, may long to "fly away and be at rest." We may even attempt to escape the storm by some other means than calling out to God to save us. It's foolish to seek refuge in any other person or thing besides the Lord. He loves us and is faithful to rescue us when we call to Him. "In every trial let us call upon the Lord, and he will save us. He shall hear us, and not blame us for coming too often; the oftener the more welcome."(Matthew Henry)