Anguish of betrayal

Scripture reading for June 13: Psalm 55-59

Friendship is a precious thing.  A friend is someone you can trust and confide in.  They know you for who you really are and often love you in spite of what they see.  They stick with you through thick and thin.  They are there for you when you need them and you can count on them to be honest with you.  Friendships take time to develop and close friends are rare and precious!

“Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me. And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest; . .” Psalm 55:5-6

One of the most painful experiences is to have a close friend betray you and turn against you.  This causes deep soul searching and deep hurts.  David had such an experience.  He wanted to take the wings of a dove and fly away to a secluded place to rest from the storm that he was experiencing.  (Psalm 55:6)  It would have been more understandable if it was an enemy who had insulted him and turned against him, but it was his close friend.  It was a man with whom he had enjoyed sweet fellowship in the presence of God at the temple. (Psalm 55:13-14)   He called on the Lord for help.

Psalm 55 can be contrasted in light of Psalm 32 and 51 which describe David’s trial of faith where he ended up betraying his friend Uriah the Hittite!  We cannot be certain when this psalm was written and about whom.  It may have been concerning Ahithophel, David’s close adviser, who sided with Absalom in his rebellion. (2 Samuel 15:12)  It showed how David reaped what he himself sowed. 

Jesus Christ also went through betrayal.  Judas betrayed his own Teacher, Rabbi, and Friend.  He enjoyed sweet fellowship with Jesus, even at the last supper.  Jesus reached out to this one who would betray him and sought to win him over.  (John 13:19-26) His love for sinners is amazing.

The good news today is that our Savior did not take flight with the wings of a dove! He could have called on legions of angels to rescue Him.   (Matthew 26:53)  Instead, He bore our betrayals, sin, and rebellion and loved us so much as to die in our place!  Take time today to ask for His mercy and forgiveness of your betrayals.  Invite Him to be your special Friend Who will stick closer than a brother!  Enjoy sweet fellowship with One who will never betray you!

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