(23 verses, 1:32 to read)
What I am about to READ
- We can trust in God’s mercy even in the midst of betrayal and opposition.
- Giver ear, O God (1-3)
- Anguish because of terrors (4-8)
- Violence and strife in the city (9-11)
- Betrayal by a close friend (12-15)
- Calling on the Savior (16-19)
- Deceived by a close friend (20-21)
- The LORD rescues the righteous and punishes the wicked (22-23)
- In 2 Timothy 3:12, Paul says, “Indeed, all who desire tolive a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…” and here in this Psalm we have David crying out to the LORD in the midst of severe persecution. This is a wonderful prayer for the godly when they are suffering persecution.
- Not only are his enemies against him, as one would expect, but even close friends have betrayed him.
- Yet, in the midst of his anguish and the terrors that he is suffering through he cries out to the LORD, the only one who can save him.
- He utters his complaints and moans, trusting that God will hear and redeem him. He trusts in the mercy of God in the midst of his great suffering and so casts his burden on the LORD. God is called upon in his love and mercy to intervene.
- Our Lord Jesus Christ suffered in the midst of a violent and wicked city and He was betrayed by a close friend. Because He endured suffering, even to the point of death on the cross, for us, we can be confident and trust Him in the midst of our sufferings – even when betrayed by those closest to us.
- Romans 8:38-39 – For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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-Pastor Andrew Packer