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Psalm 55

June 4, 2009

This psalm is a prayer of David’s asking for the destruction of his enemies. It could have been written anytime during his life but it mentions a personal friend in verse 15. I’m guessing that friend was Ahithophel, a personal counselor of David’s whose loyalty switched to Absalom when Absalom was attempting to preempt David’s choice for his successor.

David pleads that God would hear his prayer and answer. David admits to growing impatience and is constantly distracted by those who are his enemies, who are wicked and seeking to destroy David, and those who are waging war on the political battlefield. David is in anguish and afraid of death. He is ready to quit the throne to which God appointed him and live out his last days in the peace of the wilderness. David has lost his will and energy to fight back.

David prays that the plans they are making will be confused. They, David’s enemies, are practicing violence and deceit. Theses people are not necessarily speaking out against David or organizing to overthrow the throne militarily. No, it is being done politically through alliances and favors. David asks that they somehow die.

Now that David has made his request to God, he begins to tell God of his continued commitment to Him. He will continue to call on God. Even though he continues to petition God, he will continue to trust God to do what is right. He trusts God to give him peace. He acknowledges God is eternal and does not change. David places his complete trust in the Lord knowing that the Lord honors those who seek Him, who fear God, and who are righteous. David trusts God to destroy his enemies.

The truth contained in this psalm is to place your trust in God to deliver you from those who seek to destroy you physically and emotionally using deceit and political means. God never forsakes the righteous and He definitely destroys the wicked. Always seek the Lord and He will give you peace in all circumstances.

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