Focus on Christ for Easter — Psalm 55 and Betrayal

Psalm 55:1-23 CSB –
1 God, listen to my prayer and do not hide from my plea for help. 2 Pay attention to me and answer me. I am restless and in turmoil with my complaint, 3 because of the enemy’s words, because of the pressure of the wicked. For they bring down disaster on me and harass me in anger. 4 My heart shudders within me; terrors of death sweep over me. 5 Fear and trembling grip me; horror has overwhelmed me. 6 I said, "If only I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and find rest. 7 "How far away I would flee; I would stay in the wilderness. 8 "I would hurry to my shelter from the raging wind and the storm." 9 Lord, confuse and confound their speech, for I see violence and strife in the city; 10 day and night they make the rounds on its walls. Crime and trouble are within it; 11 destruction is inside it; oppression and deceit never leave its marketplace. 12 Now it is not an enemy who insults me — otherwise I could bear it; it is not a foe who rises up against me — otherwise I could hide from him. 13 But it is you, a man who is my peer, my companion and good friend! 14 We used to have close fellowship; we walked with the crowd into the house of God. 15 Let death take them by surprise; let them go down to Sheol alive, because evil is in their homes and within them. 16 But I call to God, and the LORD will save me. 17 I complain and groan morning, noon, and night, and he hears my voice. 18 Though many are against me, he will redeem me from my battle unharmed. 19 God, the one enthroned from long ago, will hear and will humiliate them because they do not change and do not fear God. 20 My friend acts violently against those at peace with him; he violates his covenant. 21 His buttery words are smooth, but war is in his heart. His words are softer than oil, but they are drawn swords. 22 Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never allow the righteous to be shaken. 23 God, you will bring them down to the Pit of destruction; men of bloodshed and treachery will not live out half their days. But I will trust in you.

Betrayal is a horrible thing. It’s horrible because someone whom you thought you could trust — is revealed to be very untrustworthy.
Jesus was betrayed with a kiss. Judas had been a close associate for 3 years . . .the difference is that for us, betrayal seems to come out of nowhere. For Jesus, he knew Judas’ heart before Judas even knew his own heart. And yet, Jesus still loved Judas . . .

Notice how the psalmist handles betrayal. He doesn’t whitewash it. He admits his fear. He sees the wickedness. He acknowledges that running away would be so easy right now . . .(personally, a small cottage with an ocean view and a simple kitchen and wifi seems really inviting). But he calls to God. He tells God how much this hurts. He learns where his trust can be placed. He casts his burden on God, who is not only willing, but also able to carry such a load. The psalmist understands that justice belongs to God. God is the sovereign judge. God is worthy of trust.

Will you take your hurts to God? Will you cast your burdens on him? Jesus carried every burden of sin on the cross, endured the betrayal and humiliation, to satisfy God’s justice. Trust him; he will not abandon you.

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