Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday - Psalm 55 - I Would Wander Far Off

ometimes we just want to get away from it all.  David did.  He wanted to escape.  He had some close friends, family and acquaintances who were beyond just being disloyal to him, they were hostile traitors, posing as close companions.  Just like in Psalm 54 (where we were reminded of the Ziphims who turned on David), here in this psalm we are reminded of how some of David's closest human confidants ended up betraying him.

David's misery in this was intense.  His frustration, anger and bewilderment are seen in the words that he chose to use (Psalm 55:2, 4-5).  Then he expressed what he thought would make him feel better (Psalm 55:6-8).  David was simply tired of the stress.

He also had some ideas about what God could do with his “friendly” enemies whom he wanted to leave behind (Psalm 55:9 & 15).  David was more than a little bitter about how these people had maltreated him!  Even though he was unknowingly prophesying about the betrayal of Jesus by Judas, (no surprise) David's spirit did not soar to the heights that Jesus' would.  Jesus called Judas "friend" even at the very moment of His betrayal.  David was simply calling for the quick destruction of his Judases.

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