Today you should read: Psalms 55
Have you ever been betrayed by a close friend or family member? Has your safety ever been put in jeopardy by someone you love? Many of you reading this have had the misfortune of understanding this very idea. It is one of the scariest and hardest things to ever have to deal with.
In Psalm 55 we see a lament (defined as to mourn for or over ~ Dictionary.com) concerning oppression from an enemy. However, the psalmist is very clear that this is no ordinary enemy. In fact, this is someone who was a very close friend (Psalms 55:12-15). This person has caused the psalmist to lash out in his emotional distress and wish evil on his friend. There is a deep anger toward the oppressor. If you have ever been hurt by someone close I am sure you can relate to this part of the psalm. There have been times in my life when my thoughts toward friends and family have been that of revenge due to the pain that I felt from their actions. Is this ok? The answer is yes and no. It is ok when you get hurt to feel anger. It is not ok to dwell on it and harbor hatred toward them. The question to ask yourself when you are hurt is how should I respond?
Verses (22-23) show us the correct response. We must cast our burdens upon the Lord for the judgment of others is His. The commentary from the ESV Study Bible states: “cast your burden on the Lord.” The singer addresses each of his fellow singers in v.22-23. The reason the faithful can cast their burdens on the Lord is that He can be trusted to bring judgment upon the evildoers. The psalms do not say when God will cast them down; the faithful will wait for God’s own good timing.
In other words, it is God’s job to judge and it is our job to share the gospel. My challenge to you when you are going through these kinds of struggles is to run hard to the Lord and pray for the strength to love your enemy. Ask for God to save your enemy through the blood of His son Jesus, because that is exactly what He did for you when you were His enemy (Romans 5:8).
Posted by: Chad Wiles