“I said, “If only I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and find rest. How far away I would flee; I would stay in the wilderness. Selah I would hurry to my shelter from the raging wind and the storm.” Now it is not an enemy who insults me — otherwise I could bear it; it is not a foe who rises up against me — otherwise I could hide from him. But it is you, a man who is my peer, my companion and good friend! We used to have close fellowship; we walked with the crowd into the house of God. But I call to God, and the Lord will save me. Cast your burden on the Lord , and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”
Psalms 55:6-8, 12-14, 16, 22
Of all the heart-ache that King David had faced in his life time-of all the enemies, disappointments and defeats, with the exception of losing a child to death, this occasion was by far, the worst. David entitles Psalm 55 “Betrayal of a Friend”. Though we’re not given the identity or offense of the friend, we do know this occassion, with its heartbreak, was one of the hardest for David.
Out of his grief he writes,
“If only I were a bird, I’d fly away and hide! I would hide in the wilderness! I would leave and not return. I would run away to my shelter and hide from the storm.”
David then, in grief, describes how the one who had betrayed him was not an enemy, but a friend. Someone in whom he had confided. Someone with which he had fellowshipped, prayed and worshipped. He was crushed, disappointed and heartbroken, but even in this situation, David turned to God! He writes, “Cast your burden on the Lord , and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”
No matter what your circumstances, no matter how deep your pain, God has a way of escape for you (I Cor 10:19)! He’ll never leave you, forsake you or reject you for you are His pride and joy! (Zech 2:8)
“Cast your hurt on Him and He promises to suatain you” (vs 22).
Think about it!
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