Archive for August 29th, 2012

Psalm 55

Psalm 55 has the writer again calling out to God for a “plea for mercy”.  The writer is under attack, and is being continually attacked and pressed.  He is overwhelmed and desperate for God to protect him.  He fears ruin and oppression, and life is a challenge and struggle.  And the attack is coming from the inside – “it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend”.  Often the worst attacks come from those inside our camp – from those we know and trust.

The writer shows us what to do when we need God’s help.  “But I call to God, and the Lord will save me…..Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice”.  We need to seek God’s face – to lay our request at His feet.  He alone can save us.  He alone will hear our prayer and respond.  “God will give ear and humble them”.  God is the One who can take action and correct the challenges we face.  He alone can protect us. He alone can come to our aid.

The promise is clear: “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved”.  That is a promise we can cling to.  God is our sustenance.  He will come along side and save us.  And as the psalmist shows us – the key is to put our trust in God.  “I will trust in you” is what we need to be praying and saying.  God is worthy of our trust.  He alone can handle the situation we are in.  But the key is that we have to come to Him with our burden and trust Him.  Are you trusting God with the challenges you face?

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