Have you ever been deserted by everyone you loved? Have your friends betrayed you or caused you a great deal of pain. When you looked to them for answers did the ones closest to you turn their backs? The author of Psalms 55 was in this exact situation lamented against the evil of the wicked who had come against him, we deserted him, and persecuted him. Verses 1-15 give a pretty clear picture of the tension between the two parties. However, note the psalmist response.
16 As for me, I shall call upon God,And the Lord will save me.17 Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur,And He will hear my voice.18 He will redeem my soul in peace from the battle which is against me,For they are many who strive with me.19 God will hear and answer them-Even the one who sits enthroned from of old- Selah.With whom there is no change,And who do not fear God…22 Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you;He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.23 But You, O God, will bring them down to the pit of destruction;Men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days.But I will trust in You.Psalm 55:16-19, 22-23
He makes a distinction between the choices of the wicked and the choices of the righteous. Where the wicked refuse to see God the author says, “As for me, I shall call upon God, and the Lord will save me.” First of all He actively chooses to put his faith in God over himself in these circumstances, and secondly he boldly asserts that the Lord WILL save him. He is confident in his faith even in the face of adversity. Next he begins to pray. Evening, morning, and at noon. Three times a day in a habitual format. This isn’t just a quick prayer before meals, it is a habit of earnestly seeking the Lord and lamenting to him about the trials he is facing. Then again he boldly claims in faith, “He will hear my voice. He will redeem my soul in peace from the battle which is against me.” In the midst of his struggle that he even calls a battle, he seeks the Lord and is given peace in his soul.
The psalmist then repeats, “God will hear and answer them,” meaning the prayers. Where does this confidence come from? Why does he think that God will answer him when things are going so terribly wrong? The answer lies within the same verse. The one hearing these prayers is the Lord God, “The one who sits enthroned from old,” and the one “with whom there is no change.” God doesn’t change. God was faithful to the author in the good times and even in the most horrifying of circumstances God remains the same. He hears just the same, His plan never fails. The author finds peace and rest in talking with God and knowing that He will work things out.
Skipping to verse 22, the author shows us another proof of the sovereignty of God over his circumstances. “Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you.” By surrendering the things that drag us down, by giving over our worries and anxieties to God, we surrender our will to that of the Father’s and He is faithful to work out our situation and sustain us through it. As it is written, “He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” On the flip side he also adds a comment about the destruction of the deceitful men that they will not live out half their days. Having the same attitude of the people who have wronged you makes you no better than them deserving the same fate. Finally the author says once again, “But I will trust in You.”
No matter how someone has wronged you or how terrible your situation seems, remember that trusting God in the midst of your trials is the best and only option that will bring you true peace. He is more than capable of bearing your stress and showing you a way out. Make prayer a habit, guard your time with God, and hope in the One who is always constant amidst the chaos of this world.