Psalm 55:1-8 AMP LISTEN TO my prayer, O God, and hide not Yourself from my supplication! Attend to me and answer me; I am restless and distraught in my complaint and must moan [And I am distracted] at the noise of the enemy, because of the oppression and threats of the wicked; for they would cast trouble upon me, and in wrath they persecute me. My heart is grievously pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fear and trembling have come upon me; horror and fright have over-whelmed me. And I say, Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. Yes, I could wander far away, I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
I love to read the Psalms because they show the humanity of the Psalmists as they experience life. This is a psalm of David, written as he was experiencing a storm in his life. It is written to show the humanity that we all experience as we go through trials and tribulations. It is not wrong to feel like David felt, that you want to run away from the current situation at hand. There's so many emotions that we see in these verses; so many things that we can identify with as common feelings when trouble comes.
The Psalmist writes “I am restless and distraught in my complaint and must moan”. How many times have we felt this way? Restless, not knowing what to do in the midst of the storm; moaning about what we are going through? I think our first response when we enter into difficulties is to moan and bewail the unfairness of our situation. Oh no, why me, Lord? Why has this trouble come upon me?
The next thing we see the Psalmist saying is that he is distracted at the noise of the enemy, because of their threats and oppression. One of the most difficult things to deal with in any trial are the thoughts that the enemy sends into our minds. It is always a thought of the worst case scenario. This is going to be the trial that gets the best of you, that overcomes you and that you will not be able to recover from. The noise of the enemy.....is the voice of discouragement and defeat that we hear while going through any difficult situation. But this one thing we can be assured of.....if God be for us who could be against us? (Romans 8:31) The voice of the enemy must be silenced by the voice of the Lord! God's word will silence the voice of the enemy when we focus on it and speak it out!
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the LORD.
God promises us that we can silence the voice of the enemy. We condemn those voices that rise in judgment against us. This is said to be the heritage of the servants of the LORD. If it is the heritage of His servants how much more so is it our heritage as His children, as His friends?
John 15:15, 16 “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
We are friends of Jesus, no longer His servants. He has given us the privilege of praying to the Father in His name that we might receive of Him what we need for fruitfulness. If we are constantly under the oppression of the enemy how can we be fruitful? We need to take our rightful place in the time of trouble and silence the voice of the enemy through speaking out the truth of God's word in the midst of the storm.
The psalmist goes on to share the feelings of fear and pain that he is experiencing and his desire to fly away and be free of the trouble that is tormenting him. How many times have we felt the same way? When the first sign of trouble comes, my first inclination is to run away; to get away from it and avoid going through the heartache of it. The Psalmist wants to fly away into the wilderness where no one could find him.
Psalm 55:7, 8 Yes, I would wander far away, I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! I would hasten to escape and to find a shelter from the stormy wind and tempest.
I have thought so many times during trials that if I could just run away where no one could find me I could be at rest; away from the problems that try to overwhelm me. But that is not the answer. Running away from a problem or difficult situation does not make it go away. The answer is in running to the Lord.
Psalm 55:16-19 AMP As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon will I utter my complaint and moan and sigh, and He will hear my voice. He has redeemed my life in peace from the battle that was against me [so that none came near me], for they were many who strove with me. God will hear and humble them, even He Who abides of old—Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!--because in them there has been no change [of heart], and they do not fear, revere, and worship God.
David knows that the answer is in calling upon the Lord. It is God alone who can save us and rescue us from danger. Running away takes us away from the One who wants to help us; the One in whom we find refuge and safety from our enemies. Evening and morning and noon David cried out to God to deliver him from his enemies. He found refuge under the shadow of God's wing.
Psalm 57:1 AMP BE MERCIFUL and gracious to me, O God, be merciful and gracious to me, for my soul takes refuge and finds shelter and confidence in You; yes, in the shadow of Your wings will I take refuge and be confident until calamities and destructive storms are passed.
We have a refuge, a place of safety, in our relationship with the Lord. It is in His presence that we find confidence and strength to meet the winds of adversity. God is gracious and loving, not allowing anything to come into our lives that He is not able to deliver us from.
Psalm 34:17-19 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.
We do not have to fear trouble. God is watching over us to deliver us from the afflictions that come upon us. Yes, we may have to go through them, but we have the assurance that we will be delivered. Sometimes it is a miraculous deliverance and sometimes it is through strengthening us for the battle and showing us how to overcome until we win. But God has assured us that we will come out of them victoriously when we run to Him for refuge!
What difficulty are you experiencing today that is trying to overwhelm you? Are you running to the Lord or away from Him? The refuge is in the shadow of His wings.
Father, I thank You for Your delivering power. I thank You for promising us deliverance from our enemies and victory in our battles. You have already prepared the safe place for us to run to in Your presence to gain strength for the battle. Thank You for keeping us safe from the enemy and for granting us deliverance. Father, I pray for my friends who may be in the midst of a storm right now. I pray that You will show them how much You love them. I ask You to reveal Your provision for them and enable them to rise above the fear and discouragement that the enemy is bringing against them. I pray that they will take the offensive and begin to speak to the enemy, to the problem to move the mountain so they can be victorious over it. Thank You, Father, for showing us the way out; for giving us the victory for You have said in Your word that You always lead us to triumph in Christ Jesus! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.