Psalm 55

Psalm 55 describes a time of some kind rebellion or power struggle against David, and a key leader in the struggle was a trusted associate who betrayed David.  It is a picture of someone who was close and trusted and their attempt to destroy David like an enemy.  He is frustrated and cries out to God for help.  “Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy! Attend to me, and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and I moan, because of the noise of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked”.

The stress of this crisis caused David mental anguish, increased by the real danger of death. All this made David tremble in fear and feel the horror that overwhelmed him.  “Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me”.  David is scared to death.  But he knows that God is faithful and will come to his aid.  The psalmist feels that the defection of his false friend is the worst blow of all.  Someone who was at once an ally and friend is now turning against him.

But David knows that he can call on God.  “But I call to God, and the Lord will save me….God will give ear and humble them”.  He has no doubt in his mind that God will not only hear, but respond.  He has confidence in God despite the attacks of the enemy.  He knows he can rest in his faith in God.  David changes his tune from praying for destruction to declaring calm confidence in God.  He moves from wanting to totally destroy his enemy to just resting in God and His faithfulness.

The principle he shares is simple.  “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved”.  God places burdens on us to see what we will do with them. We may carry them ourselves to our own ruin, or we may cast them on Him for His faithful action.  He promises to sustain us.  David had hope and confidence because he was persuaded that his fate did not rest in the hands of his enemies. God is still Lord over all, and God has the final word on whether the righteous are moved or not.

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