Reading the Word
Psalm 55:9–19 (ESV)
9 Destroy, O Lord, divide their tongues; for I see violence and strife in the city. 10 Day and night they go around it on its walls, and iniquity and trouble are within it; 11 ruin is in its midst; oppression and fraud do not depart from its marketplace. 12 For it is not an enemy who taunts me— then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me— then I could hide from him. 13 But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend. 14 We used to take sweet counsel together; within God’s house we walked in the throng. 15 Let death steal over them; let them go down to Sheol alive; for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart. 16 But I call to God, and the Lord will save me. 17 Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice. 18 He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage, for many are arrayed against me. 19 God will give ear and humble them, he who is enthroned from of old, Selah because they do not change and do not fear God.
Understanding and Applying the Word
It is bad when someone else has it as their goal to bring harm on you. It is especially difficult when that person is someone who you once counted as a friend. This is the betrayal that David describes in these verses. What does David do? He prays morning, noon, and night (cf. Psalm 55:17). When David finds himself in his most desperate situations he turns to God as his hope because he knows that God is the one, and only one, who can help him.
It is disappointing to hear and read so many disparaging prayer today. They speak as if it is equal to doing nothing. That is a total misunderstanding of who God is and what prayer is. For the Christian, we realize that God is the one who holds all things in his hands and he has the power and authority to act on behalf of his people. In fact, he tells his children to call out on him because he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). Let us never forget the great privilege and importance of prayer and may we turn to God in every time of need knowing that he hears and answers our prayers.
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