Psalm 55: 1-10 Cast your cares on the Lord. FREEDOM from fear!

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Psalms 55 KJV (Unless otherwise stated, all scriptures in this study are from the King James Version of the Bible – Public Domain.)

 

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1 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise; Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.

The psalmist pleads with God to listen to his cry because he is surrounded by enemies whose intention is to harm him.  The apostle Paul experienced the same thing. In Romans 8:18  (KJV) For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Trembling and Fear

My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.

The psalmist’s enemies actions have placed great “Fearfulness and trembling”  in his heart. Why? He is afraid that their actions will result in his death. His only option – he thinks – is to “fly away” or run away to a place of safety (see Ps. 11:1), maybe to a place in a barren wilderness/desert. He describes the might of his enemy as a “windy storm and tempest.” Today Christians in almost every nation are seeing sociological and political unrest. They are also enduring emotional, spiritual, and psychological storms. What does God’s word tell us to do? 1 Peter 5:7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” Put your trust in Jesus. Don’t allow yourself to be sucked into the fear mongering of this world.

Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city. 10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it. 11 Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.

Violence in Jerusalem?

It is apparent that evil people have created social unrest in what is probably the city of Jerusalem. Gangs are increasing their hold over the city, and violence threatens its inhabitants. Does that sound familiar to any of you? What does the man of God say and believe? He calls on God not just because – he expects God to help him. Theologians believe that the language used in these verses is similar to the language used in the story of the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11:1– 9), David asks God to “O Lord, and divide their tongues”  or create a communications dissonance. Prevent them from being able to understand each other. There are times today when one looks at the ability to immediately translate one language to another, especially in social media, and I wonder if this is not making it easier for people to instantly share their hatred of others, their religious beliefs, their sociological political ideology, and incite others to violence.  Rarely do we see the complete story of an issue. When people post pictures, newspaper articles of anything that is happening anywhere we must be aware of the fact that they are putting their own slant on that issue. Yes, violence exists, hatred exists, fear exists. Should they exist in the heart of God’s people? No! Should those issues cause us to live in fear of people regardless of their religious beliefs, their skin color, their economic status? No! Anyone whom we believe more than we believe in the deliverance of The Almighty has replaced the Almighty!

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