Evening, Morning, and Noon (Psalm 55)

David writes a psalm that, typically, speaks of his oppression by his enemies, yet praises his God.  This is a common theme for David, due to his being pursued by Saul, the Philistines, and many other enemies during the course of his early life.  In this case, he speaks of an enemy that is close to him, and has corrupted the city.  It is quite possible that this was Saul or else Absalom, his own son, who spoke against him.  He is so distressed that he utters the following:

4 My heart is severely pained within me,

And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.

5 Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me,

And horror has overwhelmed me.

6 So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!

I would fly away and be at rest.

David calls upon God to destroy his enemy and divide their tongues, but calls on God to bring death to them and take them down alive into hell.  He then turns his attention from his enemies to God:

16 As for me, I will call upon God,

And the Lord shall save me.

17 Evening and morning and at noon

I will pray, and cry aloud,

And He shall hear my voice.

18 He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me,

For there were many against me.

19 God will hear, and afflict them,

Even He who abides from of old.

Finally, David speaks of his enemy having words smoother than butter, yet they were actually drawn swords.  “Therefore, cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you,” David says.  

When you are oppressed, when you are overwhelmed, it is natural to feel sorrow and even fear.  Your response to that fear sets your destiny.  If you succumb to it and lie down in surrender, then you will be overcome.  However, if you call upon the Lord–like David–He will hear your cry and deliver you.  Even if it does not happen today, it will happen.  God is faithful, and you can trust Him.  You may not be able to trust the buttery-voiced who can sway a crowd, but you can trust the true tongue of our mighty God.

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