Posted by: arieliondotcom | November 9, 2013

Tossing Trash (Psalm 55)

Tossing Trash (Psalm 55)

In Psalm 55 David is having a very bad day. His enemies surround him and falsely accuse him. And the worst part is, he has discovered that these enemies are the people he thought were his friends.

Have you had people you trusted your heart to who betrayed you? That’s who David is referring to today. Jewish scholars say this psalm is about two of them in particular.

First is Doeg. Saul should have counted David as his best friend, as Jonathan did. But jealousy turned Saul into a madman who tried to kill David although he knew David only did good and no harm. David hid from Saul and when Doeg told Saul David’s whereabouts Doeg acted like David was a criminal instead of the victim of Saul’s insanity.

And Ahithophel was David’s counselor and advisor when David was king. When Absalom, David’s own son, betrayed him, Ahithophel betrayed David and went to serve Absalom instead.

This is why David says he wishes he could fly off like a bird and live in peace. Instead he’s like a bird in a gold cage. Everything seems fine on the outside but he’s surrounded by false friends and traitors. He hears mumbling all around and can’t trust his closest friends and family.

David says something unusual in verse 15. He’s so exhausted he asks GOD to let his enemies die. The picture is of death being a vicious dog straining at a leash that GOD is holding. David asks GOD to go ahead and let go of the leash so Death will get the evil people against him.

But notice that David still doesn’t take things into his own hands and kill them himself. Instead he pours his heart out, good, bad and indifferent, to GOD whenever he prays.

It was Jewish custom to pray in the morning, at noontime and in the evening. David says that every time he tries to pray he only groans to GOD about how upset he is. This shows the truth of the passages in the New Testament that say “Out of the fulness of the heart the mouth speaks” and that the Holy Spirit understands our prayers even when they’re groanings too deep for words.

And that’s okay! GOD, like any good parent, would rather we pour out our heart, even in anger, to Him than hold it in or tell it to others who will use it against us. Even if it’s crying and moaning, GOD listens and understands.

This outpouring of his heart to GOD clears David’s mind. Notice that special word “Selah”…”Pause”…Between part I and part 2 of this song, Following his giving himself over, body and soul, to GOD something happens to David. He has sudden realization of GOD’s rescue. The word here is ransom. GOD gave something of His to buy David’s freedom and safety.

For the first seven verses David doesn’t see or hear from GOD and thinks in human terms…he wants to escape his misery any way he can. Then there’s a pause as David gives himself completely to GOD. Then there’s another pause. Now David knows GOD has rescued him. Now it doesn’t matter that his enemies have betrayed him because his trust is in the LORD.

Jewish scholars say verse 22 is what the Holy Spirit says to David. When we totally throw all of our troubles off of ourselves and onto GOD everything changes. Now David can stand up straight and at peace again, realizing that enemies can never really harm him but are to be pitied because they’re doomed.

We can learn today from David’s lesson. The solution to problems isn’t to run from them. Drugs, alcohol, anger, divorce, sex, gambling, even suicide, they’re all human attempts to stop the pain of hurt from others. But none of those solutions work. When people throw trash at you, or you take it on yourself, the only real relief comes from throwing it to GOD. He doesn’t mind and is the only One Who can relieve us of the burden. Toss your trash on GOD because that payment/redemption David mentions is from JESUS. He is the One Who is enthroned in verse 19, seated at the Right Hand of the Father. He died and rose again to always represent your freedom from trash and your readyness (as His purchase) for eternal Life.

We can leave all that burdens us behind, like driving away from a dumpsite. And the only reminders will be those who betrayed us, doomed for the dumpheap themselves. They’re like scavengers to be ignored, not fed with our fear.

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