Friday, 13 November 2020
Title: Is there a way back after betrayal?
By: Ps. Cheng Cheung
Psalm 55:16 As for me, I will call upon God,
And the LORD shall save me.
17 Evening and morning and at noon
I will pray, and cry aloud,
And He shall hear my voice.
David starts the Psalm with an appeal to the Lord God not to hide Himself from him at this particular time. It is a plea from his heart. For some reason, He needed God to attend to him and hear him as he prayed. O, he needed so much to have a listening ear now. Restlessness had overcome him, and he moaned greatly in his spirit. He needed help from God.
Then, David reveals what is troubling him. There was an enemy, a wicked foe who oppressed him and who was making him miserable. This has resulted in pain in his heart and a deadly terror had gripped him. He was in mental anguish and felt that horror had overwhelmed him. In the midst of this unbearable anguish, he fantasizes: If only he could be like a dove and take flight and not face reality. Friends, have you felt this way before, where it seemed easier to run than to face the extremely stressful situation before you? However, David’s wish remained a wish and he stood his ground to face the storm.
It was not an easy decision to make, because there had been collateral damage. See verses 9 to 11 – violence, strife, iniquity, trouble, destruction, oppression, deceit. And this was taking place within the city. In today’s context, what would be the possible equivalent? Disunity within the company? Division within the top management? Cracks within the coalition? Indeed, a split within the church? And it was happening day and night (v 10).
Finally, David reveals his main enemy, someone whom he thought to be a friend, had betrayed him. It is someone whom he considered ”his equal, his companion, his acquaintance, (v 13) and with whom he shared counsel and worshipped side-by-side (v 14). He moaned, ”For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; then I could bear it” (v 12). The defection of his false friend was the worst blow of all. David could have braced himself to bear an enemy’s reviling; he could have fought or fled to a shelter to escape from open foes; but the baseness which forgets all former companionship and worship, was more than he could bear.
Deeply wounded, David imploded in pure anger. However, he left the outcome to God, refusing to take vengeance into his own hands. Instead, David prayed, ”As for me, I will call upon God, and the LORD shall save me” (v 16). David came to his senses, calmed himself and declared confidence in his Lord God. He was able to leave his crisis, and his enemies, in God’s hands. He would give himself to constant communion with the Lord (v 17), knowing the Lord would hear him. Most of all, he would not stoop so low as to engage in counterplots, nor imitate their schemes and incessant violence, but in direct opposition to their godless behaviour would continually resort to God.
Friends, would you have been able to similarly let go, after having suffered betrayal such as David had? Would you be able to leave the anguish of broken trust and treachery in God’s hands and say,
18 He has redeemed (rescued, brought out, delivered) my soul in peace from the battle that was against me,
For there were many against me.
At the end of the Psalm, as David reflected on all he went through, he affirmed God’s provision for him.
22 Cast your burden on the LORD,
And He shall sustain you;
The promise is not that God will carry one’s burdens, but that He will sustain you. The experience of suffering is not taken away from the servant of God, but he is sustained, and so made strong enough to bear the pressure.
23 But I will trust in You.
David’s focus, at the end, is upon God, not his enemies. He would trust in Him and not be disappointed. The I is emphatic, dismissing the preoccupation with the treacherous enemy. In effect, there are two parties involved, not three. ”As for me, I will trust in the Lord.”
Prayer for Today
Gracious God, help me daily to take time to pray, to keep in touch and in step with You. Help me to turn to You and cast all my cares upon You daily. Help me to truly trust You with every detail of my daily life.
In all my responses to precarious situations, help me take action that will only bring honour and glory to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
16 至于我，我却要求告 神，耶和华就必拯救我。
大卫开始此诗篇时，呼吁主上帝在这个特定的时间不要向他隐瞒自己。 这是他内心的恳求。 因着某种原因，他需要上帝照顾他，并在他祈祷时听到他的声音。 哦，他现在非常需要有人聆听他。 他烦躁不安，心里痛苦而唉哼。 他需要上帝的帮助。
然后，大卫揭示了困扰他的原因。 有一个敌人，一个邪恶的仇敌压迫他，使他难受。这导致他内心痛苦，并且致命的恐惧强烈地控制着他。他痛苦欲绝，恐惧使他不知所措。 在这种难以忍受的痛苦中，他幻想着：要是他能像只鸽子一样飞奔，不面对现实，那该有多好啊。 朋友，您是否有过这样的感觉：比起面对巨大压力的处境，快跑躲避似乎显得更容易？无论如何，大卫的愿望仍然是一个愿望，他坚持面对暴风雨。
这是一个不容易的决定，因为它附带损害。 看9至11节-强暴，争竞，罪孽，奸恶，邪恶，欺压，诡诈。 而这是发生在城中。 在今日的背景，这可能相等的是什么？ 公司内部的不团结？高层管理人员当中的分裂? 联盟内部的破裂？教会中确实产生分歧？ 这事是昼夜在发生（10节）。
最后，大卫透露了他的主要敌人，一个他认为是朋友的人背叛了他。 他认为这是一个“与他平等，是他的同伴，是他的知己（第13节），素常彼此談論，与群眾在神的殿中同行（第14节）。他呻吟：“2 原来不是仇敌辱骂我，若是仇敌，还可忍耐。”（第12节）。 这些虚假的朋友对他的背叛是最严重的打击。 大卫本来可以忍受敌人的辱骂。 他本可以为逃避敌人而战斗或逃到避难所； 但是因着朋友的卑鄙要他忘记以前一起的相伴和敬拜远远超出了他所能承受的。
大卫深深地受了伤害，在愤怒中崩溃。 然而，他把结果留给了上帝，拒绝自己报复。 大卫也祷告说，”至于我，我要求告上帝， 耶和华必拯救我。“（16节） 大卫醒悟过来，平静自己，宣布对他的主上帝的信心。 他能够把他的危机和他的敌人都交给上帝。 他会不断地与主连接(17节)，知道主会垂听他的声音。 最重要的是他不会弯腰低至从事反击，也不会模仿他们的计划和不断的暴力，但在直接反对他们不信神的行为时，会不断求助于上帝。
23 节下 但我要倚靠你。