Psalms – Prayers of Honesty
When betrayed on earth by a good friend (or friends), it hurts to the core of your being. When what you thought was a great and loving relationship turns sour it is devastating to our hearts and souls. David tells God all about it…honestly.
Psalm 55, The Message
A David Psalm
Psalm 55 he hears me.jpg1-3 Open your ears, God, to my prayer;
don’t pretend you don’t hear me knocking.
Come close and whisper your answer.
I really need you.
I shudder at the mean voice,
quail before the evil eye,
As they pile on the guilt,
stockpile angry slander.
4-8 My insides are turned inside out;
specters of death have me down.
I shake with fear,
I shudder from head to foot.
“Who will give me wings,” I ask—
“wings like a dove?”
Get me out of here on dove wings;
I want some peace and quiet.
I want a walk in the country,
I want a cabin in the woods.
I’m desperate for a change
from rage and stormy weather.
Psalm 55 pray9-11 Come down hard, Lord—slit their tongues.
I’m appalled how they’ve split the city
Into rival gangs
prowling the alleys
Day and night spoiling for a fight,
trash piled in the streets,
Even shopkeepers gouging and cheating
in broad daylight.
12-14 This isn’t the neighborhood bully
mocking me—I could take that.
This isn’t a foreign devil spitting
invective—I could tune that out.
It’s you! We grew up together!
You! My best friend!
Those long hours of leisure as we walked
arm in arm, God a third party to our conversation.
15 Haul my betrayers off alive to hell—let them
experience the horror, let them
feel every desolate detail of a damned life.
Psalm 55 trust God16-19 I call to God;
God will help me.
At dusk, dawn, and noon I sigh
deep sighs—he hears, he rescues.
My life is well and whole, secure
in the middle of danger
Even while thousands
are lined up against me.
God hears it all, and from his judge’s bench
puts them in their place.
But, set in their ways, they won’t change;
they pay him no mind.
20-21 And this, my best friend, betrayed his best friends;
his life betrayed his word.
All my life I’ve been charmed by his speech,
never dreaming he’d turn on me.
His words, which were music to my ears,
turned to daggers in my heart.
22-23 Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders—
he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out.
He’ll never let good people
topple into ruin.
But you, God, will throw the others
into a muddy bog,
Cut the lifespan of assassins
and traitors in half.
And I trust in you.
The Psalmist wants to run away from it all. We have all had those feelings from time to time, right? But instead of giving into the short term feelings of running away, he runs to God. He cries out to God. He trusts God who he knows is forever and will never leave him.
Let that soak in. Take all the time you need. No need to leave town. Take a short journey right into the arms of God who will comfort you and restore you.
Trust God. He loves us more than we can imagine.
“Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders—
he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out.
He’ll never let good people
topple into ruin.”
Who is the first person you turn to when hurt by relationships that collapse under pressure?
Do they point you to God?
Do you point others who are hurt and betrayed to God?
Only God can satisfy and heal our broken hearts and restore us to full throttle living again.
Psalm 55 trust you
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are God. There is no one like you. Forgive us when we run to others to seek solace when You are the One and Only who completely satisfies our longing for love that is constant. You are the One and Only who completely heals our broken hearts and pumps new life back into our deflated souls. Yes, all my trust is in You. You even bless us with friends of Yours who know and love You to love on us! Wow! You’re a good, good Father, yes You are!
In Jesus Name, Amen

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Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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