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Psalms 55

Psalm 55

Trust in God and run to him for deliverance, remembering that God allows trials for our good to teach us to be holy as he is holy.  

Leviticus 19:2 Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy.

David cries out to God over his sufferings and we should also run to our Mighty God in all our trials, instead of trying to bear them on our own or trying to relieve them by compromising with the Word of God. 

Psalm 55:1 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.  55:2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn [I am overwhelmed by afflictions] in my complaint, and make a noise [weeping in sorrow];  55:3 Because of the voice [because of the false accusations and slanders] of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.

Those who live by every Word of God will be afflicted and God will allow many trials to teach us lessons in his righteousness which will last in us for eternity 

55:4 My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. 55:5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.

We may seek to fly away from our bitter sorrows, but if we double down in seeking our LORD and living by every Word of God;  his reward of eternal life in peace and joy is sure

55:6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.  55:7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.  55:8 I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest [of many afflictions and trials].

God will deliver his faithful and will bring down those who persecute his faithful who live by the Righteous Word of God.   

55:9 Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.

The deceits and persecutions against those who seek God in sincerity and truth never seem to cease, but in due time God will correct the wicked

55:10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.  55:11 Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.

The greatest affliction is to be betrayed and hated by those who are closest to us who we love so much.  There is no greater pain than to be betrayed and rejected by a cherished spouse, a child or a beloved brother or close friend.

55:12 For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him:  55:13 But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.  55:14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.

God will destroy the unrepentant wicked one, Satan the Adversary; for separating many brethren from God the Father and their Beloved espoused Husband Jesus Christ, by  deceiving them into following false traditions,  corporate idols and idols of men. 

55:15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.

Despite all the trials and afflictions that we may be faced, those who truly love God will remain absolutely faithful to him and will remain dedicated to live by every Word of God; they will continually put their trust in the Husband of their baptismal betrothal and will hear his voice and live by every Word of God the Father. 

55:16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

Our LORD will deliver all his faithful from the Adversary, Satan and from all bondage to sin and death; and he will pour out his love on his faithful

55:18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.  55:19 God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old.  Selah. Because they have no changes [many have no fear of God because things remain the same and no correction comes for a long time], therefore they fear not God.

Satan the Adversary is full of deceit seeking to destroy the godly   

55:20 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant. 55:21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter [slick, smooth, to deceive], but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

The faithful will put their trust in God and God’s Word forever, and he will deliver them and will destroy the true enemy; Satan and bondage to sin and death

55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.  55:23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.

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