05-27-07

It’s one of the most emotionally crippling experiences you can go through.  It will devastate the strongest warrior.  It will ruin the greatest hopes.  It will extinguish the best of passions.  I’m talking about betrayal.  David knew betrayal.  He described the experience as causing him restlessness, moaning, severe pain, terror, fearfulness, trembling, and horror (Ps. 55:2-5).  Though David wanted to run away and escape (Ps. 55:6-8), he knew he couldn’t do that. 

The betrayal that David experienced wasn’t just any betrayal, but the betrayal of a close friend.  “But it was you, a man my equal, My companion and my acquaintance” (Psa 55:13 NKJV).  Some of you have been down those horrible but well worn roads in life.  You know too well what it feels like to be betrayed by a spouse, a parent, or a child.  Some of you have experienced betrayal at work, others at school, some from a neighbor, and some from the closest of friends.
David doesn’t just write about the pain, he tells us the way out.  All through Psalm 55, David hints that the way out is through prayer. He starts with, “Give ear to my prayer” (vs. 1).  He doesn’t just pray a single prayer, but many prayers, “Evening and morning and at noon” (vs.17).  David recognizes that the only way out of the agony is by giving it to God. “Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved” (Psa 55:22 NKJV).  Ultimately, Jesus teaches us that we need to forgive them.  A heart of unforgiveness leads only to further torment (Mat. 18:34).  How could I ever forgive them?  It starts with prayer.  Ask God to help you forgive.  Cast your burden on the Lord.