Tuesday, July 28, 2009

When Friends Betray


David, or the person who penned this song was not perfect. He displays such godly reserve in the face of betrayal from close friends. God's grace has truly nested in his heart. Psalm 55: 1-23

Nothing stings like hypocrisy and betrayal. Nothing is more deadly than being stabbed in the back by someone you trusted. Psalm 55 chronicles the emotional pain of this man of God.

Read Psalm 55: 1-8, feel your pulse quicken. You can almost feel his pain. You can see into his heart through his choice of words: restless, moan, complaint, anguish, terror, fear, trembling, horror. In Psalm 55: 6-7, he wants to run and hide. Ever feel like you want to get away from the troubles around you? This is how David felt.

The source of his pain is in Psalm 55: 12-14: Essentially he says, I have been betrayed not by an enemy, that I could handle, I have been betrayed by my best friend! This person was my close companion; we went to worship together, gave mutual counsel to each other, but he did major harm to me. We don't know the nature of the betrayal but it must have been horrific.

How does he cope? Psalm 55: 22, "Cast your burden on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved." Our only defense is God. God will never leave us or forsake us, or betray us. Don't put your trust in people; they are weak and their flesh will fail. Trust in God.

O God, I pray for those who read these words; who are bleeding from the "knife wounds" of betrayal and deceit. Help them to forgive. Help them to look to you, for you are unchanging and utterly dependable. Teach us, precious Lord what it means to unload our burdens and emotional baggage before you in prayer. You will set us in place, immovable, unbreakable. Through Christ, our Savior and God, amen.