Reading the Word
Psalm 55:1–8 (ESV)
1 Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy! 2 Attend to me, and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and I moan, 3 because of the noise of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked. For they drop trouble upon me, and in anger they bear a grudge against me. 4 My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen upon me. 5 Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me. 6 And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest; 7 yes, I would wander far away; I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah8 I would hurry to find a shelter from the raging wind and tempest.”
Understanding and Applying the Word
What do you do when you are in trouble? In this psalm, David is facing great difficulty. He describes himself as restless, moaning, in anguish, fearful, trembling, and wanting to run away. He needs help. So he prays.
Many of the psalms record the prayers of God’s people crying out to him for relief from their trouble. It is interesting to note that we are not told of how God answers these prayers. That is because the psalms are meant to teach us how to live in the world and how to face the difficulties of life. We do it through faith and by trusting in God. That is the entire point of Psalm 55. We see this summarized in verse 22 where it says, “Cast your burden on the Lord…”
Life has times of difficulty, but we have a great and loving God that we can go to in times of trouble, He hears our prayers and he is faithful to his people.
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