Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me.
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught because of what my enemy is saying,
because of the threats of the wicked; for they bring down suffering on me and assail me in their anger.
My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen on me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. I would flee far away and stay in the desert;[c]
I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.”
Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words, for I see violence and strife in the city. Day and night they prowl about on its walls; malice and abuse are within it. Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.
If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me,
I could hide. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend,
with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God, as we walked about
among the worshipers.
Let death take my enemies by surprise; let them go down alive to the realm of the dead,
for evil finds lodging among them. As for me, I call to God, and the LORD saves me.
Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me. God, who is enthroned from of old, who does not change— he will hear them and humble them,
because they have no fear of God.
My companion attacks his friends; he violates his covenant. His talk is smooth as butter,
yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. But you, God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of decay; the bloodthirsty and deceitful will not live out half their days.
But as for me, I trust in you.
I chose to use Psalm 55 because it is David's prayer to God during a time in his life when his life was shattered into pieces because of the betrayal and powerful conspiracy of a friend that he trusted and believed in.
If you take a closer look at Psalm 54, you will find David's prayer asking God to vindicate him when Saul and his army were looking for David to kill him because Saul was jealous of David. To learn more about that story please read 1 Samuel 23:19 David also experienced a similar brokeness and betrayal when his son, Absalom conspired to take overthrow his father's kingdom. To learn more about that story please read 2 Samuel 15 you can read all the way through to chapter 17 to gain a better understanding of this story. In Psalm 51 you will find a Psalm of repentance when David was broken and repented to God for committing adultery with Bathsheba.
The purpose of sharing these scriptures is to share the life lessons that David learned when:
- David was broken and betrayed by people that wanted to hurt him without cause
- David stood accountable for the brokeness he received for sinning against God and was quick to repent
Are you broken because of the betrayal of a friend?
How did you respond to what happened to you?
Are you broken because you betrayed a friend?
How did your friend respond to what happened to them?
Did you cry out to God asking God to help you work through the brokeness, the mistreatment that you received from your friend?
Did you cry out to God in repentance, standing accountable for the role that you played in breaking and mistreating your friend?
Pause and think about that....we all have been broken, betrayed and mistreated by someone at least once in our lives and we have also broken, betrayed and mistreated someone....the key is to cry out in repentance like David did and ask God to forgive us, to cleanse us of all unrighteousness and to seek forgiveness from those that we have mistreated. I pray that this message will help you in your healing process.
Expect To See A Miracle,