September 11, 2018

As we read Psalm 55 it is not too hard to figure out that David is having quite a time dealing with the circumstances that are plaguing him. This psalm seems to have been written when his son Absalom led most of the people to rebel against David. Ahithophel David’s close friend and confidant sided with Absalom. The people also sided against David. Listen to how he describes his emotions >

Psalm 55:4–8 (NLT) — 4 My heart pounds in my chest. The terror of death assaults me. 5 Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking. 6 Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest! 7 I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness. Interlude 8 How quickly I would escape— far from this wild storm of hatred.

Like David have you ever wanted to just jet away and leave it all behind? Have you ever wanted to go some place where no one knew you and you could just be alone and sort things out? Have you ever wished that the Lord would just take you home and away from all the heartache, turmoil and confusion in the world?  All of us could probably say yes to the above three questions.

However like David we find ourselves still here. So what is our next best alternative? Through it all David never gave up on God. He didn’t blame God. He didn’t curse God. He prayed to God. His prayer seemed to put things in perspective for him. The perspective being > life and people are not predictable. Loyalty is not guaranteed to us. The road of life is not always smooth. As long as there is a Devil and a sinful nature life will be burdensome. Hence David gives us this verse:

Psalm 55:22 (NLT) — 22 Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

Branch’s that I cut from my trees, grass clipping from my lawn and old worn out appliances belong in the city dump. Cardboard, glass bottles and tin cans belong in the recycling bin. Gasoline belongs in cans made specifically to hold gasoline. Meat belongs in the refrigerator or in the freezer. If I put things where they belong they will be taken care of.

Burdens belong to the Lord. If I give my burdens to the Lord he will take care of them. David knew this and that is exactly what he did. When the dust of the troubling situation settled David was found with his faith in God intact and his heart at rest.

Warren Wiersbe, “What life does to us depends on what life finds in us”.

Life found faith in God residing in David. What does life find in you?

2 Chronicles 32:31 (NLT) — 31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.

Psalm 55:21 (NLT) — 21 His words are as smooth as butter, but in his heart is war. His words are as soothing as lotion, but underneath are daggers!

Matthew 5:28 (NLT) — 28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Psalm 57:7 (NLT) — 7 My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!

Be Inspired Hilltop!