In Psalm 55 David is beseeching God with a broken heart. This time not only was he betrayed by enemies, but he was also betrayed by someone he thought was a dear friend.
“For it is not an enemy who taunts me—then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me—then I could hide from him. But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend. We used to take sweet counsel together; within God’s house we walked in the throng.”Psalm 55:12-14
Some believe that David wrote this Psalm during Absalom’s rebellion when he was betrayed by Ahithophel. Ahithophel was a friend and counselor of David’s, and he was also Bathsheba’s grandfather. This betrayal broke David’s heart because he didn’t expect it. He did not expect to be betrayed by someone whom he trusted so much. But as the prophet Jeremiah said, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)
The Lord never fails.
Although others may break our confidence and betray us, the Lord never will. He is our counselor, our redeemer, our creator, and our strength, and he will never leave us. When our burdens become too much to handle or we’re swept up in the grief of betrayal and loss, we can cast our burdens on God and he will carry them.
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”Psalm 55:22
Sister, if you are carrying something heavy on your shoulders, remember that you don’t have to bear it alone. Give it to God.
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