Today’s QT blog was first posted on May 11, 2013.
Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend
“Trusting God Amid Betrayal”
Psalm 55:12-14; 22-23 (ESV)
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 . . . 22 Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. 23 But you, O God, will cast them down into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in you.
Have you ever been betrayed? In this Psalm, we see that David is betrayed by a close friend. He discloses his anguish in vv. 12-14 as he reveals how this betrayal is bothering him. It is the root of David’s pain and he desires to run away from what is hurting him.
How often we are hurt by others and find ourselves in painful situations. David himself discovers that those who are closest to us are the ones who can hurt us the most. And, of course, we ourselves are quite capable of hurting those who are close to us as well.
Although he faced betrayal, however, the Psalm ends by declaring, “Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” This statement is similar to 1 Peter 5:7, where we are told to “cast all our anxiety on Him because He cares for us.” Learning to cast our cares on God enables us to not run away from things but to stand tall and carry on what God calls us to be steadfast in.
Verse 22 gives us three reasons why we should cast our cares on God: First, since “he will sustain you,” we are always able to bear the troubles that are pressing down on every side. Second, “He will never permit the righteous to be moved.” And third, “God will cast down the wicked as we trust Him.”
So, the next time when we feel overwhelmed, can we say, “But I will trust in you.”
Prayer: Thank you, Father, that I can lay down every burden before You. Whenever I am faced with anguish, even pain from those closest to me, I will find my strength in You alone. Teach me to lay my burdens down and to trust in You.
Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 30-31