When a Friend Becomes an Enemy


Psalm 55 is similar to Psalm 54 in that David has the treachery of an enemy on his mind. However, in verses 12-14 we read this: For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; Then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; Then I could hide from him. 13  But it was you, a man my equal, My companion and my acquaintance. 14  We took sweet counsel together, And walked to the house of God in the throng. David has a friend that is now his enemy. Perhaps this has happened to you? I’ve never really had this happen to me. I imagine the betrayal of a friend cuts deeper than the slash of a known enemy. But the answer to the problem is still the same as yesterday in Psalm 54. Let God fight the battle. David writes that he will continue to call upon the Lord. He will continue to proclaim God as His redeemer. Near the end of this psalm David gives some very practical advice: Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. Sounds like good advice to follow. Also, don’t neglect to pray for your “enemy”. God is the one who changes the heart.


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