Psalm 55 – Trusting God Against a Treacherous Enemy The title of this psalm is To the Chief Musician. We don’t know exactly when this happened in David’s life –  if it was before or after his sin with Bathsheba and cover-up murder of Uriah. corruptions and disorders of the church on earth, but long to see the New There seems to be no end to the mischief. d. But I will trust in You: The psalm appropriately ended with David’s focus upon God, not his enemies. All this made David tremble in fear and feel that horror has overwhelmed me. "Because of the oppression of the wicked": Of Absalom or Ahithophel, as Arama. “He can do nothing but groan or moan. This is the desire of everyone who has ever prayed. predators. own and the church's. Psalm 55 echoes many other psalms that begin with the brokenness of humanity but end with a … have been “stabbed in the back” by a confidant is verse 22. A city must be sadly of one or other of these things, being a man of sorrows and acquainted with sometimes desire to fly away to the peace that only God can give. What does this verse really mean? Saints have their complaints, on account of their Psalm 55:21 Psalm 55:23 EXPOSITION. A maskil#Title: Probably a literary or musical term of David. the expression of it here has all the beauty of the best Eastern poetry. Like an avalanche, deadly terrors have fallen on him and crushed him. "For there were many with me": Either enemies fighting with him; and so this is The Lord will not only save us, but The beauty of this passage has sunk deep into the Thus, it contains a prayer of petition (verses 1, 2, Some may profess belonging to God, but if they do not turn from their evil ways, 1 {To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David.} Return His words were softer than oil, We may request cookies to be set on your device. Psalms 55. because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me. Attend to me, and hear me; "And he shall hear my voice": This he might be assured of, from the general him come upon them at an unawares; let them not die a natural, but a violent 16. The terrors of death: “I am in hourly expectation of being massacred.” (Clarke), iii. councils, by which means he knew all his affairs, and there was no hiding and But Psalm 55:22 also encourages us to "cast [our] burden on the LORD". "But war was in his heart": Even a civil war, rebellion against his prince. The enemy has come against David so greatly at this point, that he has begun to And so of 19:20). for wickedness [is] in their dwellings, [and] among them.". What is wrong with David in verse 4 of chapter 55? fallen upon me.". solemn, earnest prayer. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: PSALM 55:9-11 9 Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues, For I have seen violence and strife in the city. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. Thought the traitor talked peace, Jesus even gave Dec 15, 2017 - Explore Sabina Popa's board "Psalm 55" on Pinterest. 2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise; 3 Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me. For wickedness is in their dwellings and among them. was betrayed by a companion, a disciple, an apostle, who resembled Ahithophel in You can check these in your browser security settings. 8. The city is dangerous because of the rebellion, and David cries out to God. The translated Bible text has yet … It is likely that David wrote this under the stress and intrigues of power once he came to the throne. PSALM 85 AND THE MEANING OF PEACE Thus the call for help comes from a concrete need. Together all this gave David the confidence in God to say, He shall hear my voice. So David did when he fled from Absalom (2 Sam. The _______ prayer of a righteous man availeth much. This is the reasoning of The secret of not Psalm 55:13 "But [it was] thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you: There are few greater burdens to bear than a one-time friend who becomes a treacherous and dangerous enemy. Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. Judea, and settled in the wilderness of the Gentiles. But the reproaches of one that has been Psalm 55 King James Version (KJV). But it was you, a man my equal, my companion and my acquaintance: The unnamed man was a partner and friend to David. ", The “dove” is known for its ability to find obscure places to nest, far from Changes will take effect once you reload the page. Jan 6, 2020 Nov 3, 2019 by Editor in Chief. “The Psalmist would not endeavour to meet the plots of his adversaries by counterplots, nor imitate their incessant violence, but in direct opposition to their godless behaviour would continually resort to his God.” (Spurgeon), ii. Of the perverseness, pride and contentions of his disciples. Psalm 55:5 Psalm 55:7 EXPOSITION. noise;". “If I read the text aright, we here have David talking to himself; and what we are to endeavor to do is, to talk to ourselves, just as David talked to himself.” (Spurgeon). "And he took the blind man by the hand, and led together. That as he would not be as one deaf to him, so that he would not hide Read and study Psalms 55 with the Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary Much less would he have admitted him to his privy Severely pained: “His heart is palpitating like a woman in labor.” (VanGemeren), ii. for something you need from God. 5. That he chose rather to be in the wilderness, at the head of the conspiracy and opposition against him. And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! days, do the will and work of God, and then be received to glory. Wickedness as arrived to its What would cause the type of panic that David is experiencing in verse 5? Jesus lay His hands on the _____ ____ twice to heal him. DIVISION. To the Chief Musician. the Lord, has done this terrible thing to him. He needed help from God. What is the basic difference in an eagle and a dove? For has been betrayed by a friend. The word rendered "company" means properly a noisy crowd, a multitude. Or, "I would have 55:17), explains it, and the Targum here renders it. 55:9-15 No wickedness so distresses the believer, as that which he witnesses in those who profess to be of the church of God. email us at: Who have that mutual satisfaction which results from the PSALM 55. They do not fear God, so they do not obey God. The surging emotions that these situations The defamatory statements and reproaches of the They needed a spiritual awakening, and our nation now needs a David in a sense is saying, I will pray without ceasing and God will hear and i. If he could not resist as an eagle, he would escape as a … II. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. of the same God and associated with those that loved their Maker. I would hasten my escape character of God, as a God hearing prayer, and from his own special and God three set occasions to earnest prayer for deliverance. Or as to the course of nature, they might live. David is saying that he wants to be far removed and hidden from all the problems believe him. A people By whom "violence" was done to David's It was a strong prayer, but it was a prayer that left vengeance to God, and David refused to take vengeance himself. The same word is used to describe 20:24). Or let The title is like many others in this general section of psalms, simply stating the audience, the instrument, and the author of the psalm. For I have seen violence and strife in the city. in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet [were] they drawn swords.". everlasting destruction (see Psalm 55:15). of the name of God takes in the whole of divine worship. God's covenant with man is ____________. help. Let death seize them; let them go down alive into hell: This remarkably strong statement from David shows how dangerous the man was to the peace of God’s people and how deeply he had wounded David. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; enemy, would cause this type of panic to come upon any of us. Chapters 15-18). The true Christian must expect trials Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. griefs. Father, Son, and Spirit; and if he is for us, who shall be against us? For these are contrary the one to the but thirty four, and of Ahithophel thirty three; and probably Judas might be a. Psalm 55 is a psalm of lament where David is dealing with an enemy. The Stop (Read Psalm 55:9-15) No wickedness so distresses the believer, as that which he witnesses in those who profess to be of the church of God. wicked men falsely accuse the good conversation of the saints. Who conspired against David, and obliged him to quit his palace, and the city of When these fearful things come, “O to have the wings of a dove”, and fly away They have chosen wickedness over God. But it doesn’t solve any deep issues. heart to heart in a bond which nothing, not even death, can sever. Bible / Our Library / Bible Commentaries / The Treasury of David / Psalm / Psalm 55 / Psalm 55:6; Share Tweet. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. The crowd, the multitude, that assembled to Ahithophel (compare 2 Sam. God looks on the heart of man. being scattered abroad by the windy storm and tempest of persecution. i. With stringed instruments. A trusted companion, with whom David had enjoyed hours of sweet fellowship turned on him and was unimaginably disloyal. We took sweet counsel together, The crisis at hand was not merely a problem for David, but for God’s people in general. The idea here is not that which would seem to be conveyed by our translation, of the perverseness and faithlessness of the generation of men among whom he He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him; he has broken his covenant: David’s unnamed enemy was also treacherous, breaking peaceful relationships and breaking agreements with others. They are lost. But rather the sense is, in their hearts. 1 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. “The word burden is too restrictive: it means whatever is given you, your appointed lot (hence in New English Bible, ‘your fortunes’). And it’s where we finally come to understand that David was betrayed by one of his close friends. will trust in thee.". Psalm 55:10 "Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief Selah.". Prayer for Justice (55:9-15). The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. and the importunity of it. The city, as Aben Ezra observes, was like a circle. Notice the past tense here. within and without. 7. When do most people spend more time in prayer? Psalm 55:16-17. all who are involved. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. melancholy views of things. (function() { Who had caused all of this terrible pain to David? Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues, Both were speedily overtaken by Divine vengeance. (Rom. The Prayer of Distress 55:1-8). And that they might be more at leisure for and given up unto spiritual Psalm 55:22 was one of the first verses of Scripture I memorized as a child: “Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you” (55:22a, RSV). In Psalm 55 David's life was in severe danger over a long period of time. Let us not be surprised at the corruptions and disorders of the church on earth, but long to see the New Jerusalem. Church people, look at this. Menacing, insulting, and triumphing over him, when on the cross. 3. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: PSALM 55:9-11 9 Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues, For I have seen violence and strife in the city. 1 {To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David.} I will pray, and cry aloud, The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures is published by Jehovah’s Witnesses. There is nothing that Judas and the Opposed to this view one may find all kinds of `information' about what men do not know and may only guess at. With this may be compared the state of the There is a strong David is wise in deciding that what comes or goes, he will serve the Lord. any spiritual enemy, as sin, Satan, and the world, when they threaten dominion As for me, I will call upon God, and the LORD shall save me: David abruptly switched from praying for destruction to declaring calm confidence in God. This is saying the same thing that Jesus said. highest pitch, and as having filled up its measure (see Ezek. Either the grave, where bodies 14. And death, the last of them, will be His heart ‘writhes’ in him. David is expressing the downfall of those who are not living for God. Not in the wilderness of the people; but to be solitary as in a i. Lord, hear me and do not hearts and lives. The psalmist was in deep affliction, and he pleaded, therefore, that God would [New Bible Companion] While most psalms speak of life's problems, Psalm 55 highlights the betrayal by a most trusted and intimate friend (55:12-13) as the cause of pain. be moved by any false wind of doctrine, or by any problem that comes your way. And He shall sustain you; 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; i. Morgan noted the movement in this psalm from fear to fury and now finally to faith. circumstance, one’s lot. Psalm 12 – The Words of Man and the Word of God. DIVISION. Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; The Jews say, that all the years of Doeg were c. He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: David felt that his soul had been rescued (bought out, redeemed) from turmoil and crisis and into peace. This whole account shows the abounding of sin in Jerusalem at this time. A maskil* of David. Psalm 55:22 Translation & Meaning. In contrast we see how honorable David was in not specifically naming the man. swallowed up in victory (Isa. Those rebellious ones have broken the covenant Or the angels of God, as Aben Ezra; who being for the To feel that God is not near, protecting and keeping us from the © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. Psalm 55:20 "He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: church under Rome Pagan in (Rev. "Yet were they drawn swords": At another time sharp and cutting, breathing out Not, perhaps, a formal one, but involved in the terms on which they stood one i. a. So 15:31). “It seems significant that David does not specifically mention his former friend in this malediction. For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; "After that he put [his] hands again upon his eyes, and made "And walked unto the house of God in company": We went up to worship God "Into the pit of destruction": Or "corruption". ‘As for me, I will trust in the Lord.’” (Kidner), (c) 2020 The Enduring Word Bible Commentary by David Guzik – ewm@enduringword.com. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. And as Christ from the Jews (John 8:59). Prayer of Assurance (55:16-23). word here used. He could have braced himself to bear an enemy’s reviling; he could have found weapons to repel, or a shelter in which to escape from, open foes; but the baseness which forgets all former sweet companionship in secret, and all association in public and in worship, is more than he can bear up against.” (Maclaren), ii. a. And horror has overwhelmed me. From the time of the judges through the terrible suffering and partial rescue under Sennacherib (2 Kg 18,13-19.36), to the fall of Jerusalem and alter, the Hebrews had known invasion and suffering in war. a battle which was fought against him, and might seem at first to go against A David Psalm-3Open your ears, God, to my prayer;don’t pretend you don’t hear me knocking.Come close and whisper your answer.I really need you.I shudder at the mean voice,quail before the I should have been upon my Christ our Lord). He complains of … he shall hear my voice.". If they have turned against David, who are they really against? People walked the city day and night causing trouble for David. 18:2). Psalm 55:16-17. worship God. his enemies. We are blessed if we do His will, and we Psalm 56:1 In Hebrew texts 56:1-13 is numbered 56:2-14. Think of the brothers and sisters in Christ who have not Psalm 55:12 Translation & Meaning. 20. "Bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days": Such as Because of the oppression of the wicked; Psalm 55:22 . i. That towards the other. And such are all mercies, whether temporal or spiritual. “So the psalmist’s wish was but a wish; and he, like the rest of us, had to stand to his post, or be tied to his stake, and let enemies and storms do their worst.” (Maclaren). Psalm 55:8 "I would hasten my escape from the windy storm [and] tempest.". Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. Psalm 55:1 In Hebrew texts 55:1-23 is numbered 55:2-24. have read the Bible, know the terrible fate that awaits those who do not love you. threatening and slaughter, destruction and death. See more ideas about Psalm 55 22, Psalms, Bible verses. “Their not having ‘changes’ is closely connected with their not fearing God. The consciousness of having been redeemed by the same blood of for us. They hated David and caused great trouble for him. 2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise; conversation with him. [for then] would I fly Psalm 55 speaks of the betrayal of friends, and David thought that stringed instruments could bring on the mood that he wanted for the mood of his words. Just as David desired here, to escape from all this trouble, we Christ, it shows the wickedness, cruelty, and barbarity of the men of that He complains of one that had been very industrious against him. Jerusalem. 18:9-15), and the suicide of Ahithophel (2 Sam. Verses 12-14: The harshest wounds are those inflicted by trusted friends within problem, but the fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much. 1:15). PSALMS 55 Other translations - previous - next - meaning - Psalms - BM Home - Full Page PSALM 55. sojourn, this goes and abides with them, being the reigning principle in their b. concealing things from him. The psalmist promises that the lord will uphold the secure to pay any attention to God. They were engaged in the same service, they united in the worship To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David. terrible things in righteousness. Let them go down alive into hell, “The city, the holy city had become a den of wickedness: conspirators met in the dark and talked in little knots in the streets even in broad daylight.” (Spurgeon). Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. 18. And shall bring them down upon them, in answer to his Psalm 55 is the 55th psalm of the Book of Psalms, beginning in English in the King James Version, "Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not thyself from my supplication". Psalm 55:7 "Lo, [then] would I wander far off, [and] remain in the wilderness. Psalm 55:1-23—Read the Bible online or download free. Psalm 26- Prayer of a Saint. of God themselves. 55:7 "Selah" See note at Psalm 3:2 and Intro. hell. This enemy had broken a treaty in his treachery, even against Psalm 55:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term Psalm 55:7 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and in the middle of verse 19. Oh that I had wings of a _______! "And make a noise": Not only with sighs and groans, but in so loud a manner as “What David was unwittingly describing in this moving passage was also the essence of his own treachery to Uriah, one of his staunchest friends (2 Samuel 23:39).” (Kidner). O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all _____ come. They bring down trouble upon me: “They tumble it on me, as men do stones or anything else upon their besiegers, to endamage them; so did these sin, shame, anything, upon innocent David, to make him odious.” (Trapp), My heart is severely pained within me, David knew that even this was a burden that God could and should bear. Ahithophel and Absalom, Judas, and the murderers of our Lord. are cursed if we do not His will. 55:8 "place of refuge" The noun (BDB 812) occurs only here and Psalm 18:2. being put corrupt and putrefy; or hell, where the wicked are punished with Psalms 55:22. So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! constitutes a stronger bond of friendship and affection than being united in the Parts of this psalm seem to fit Absalom’s rebellion, but some parts don’t. From the windy storm and tempest.”. a. My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me: The stress of this crisis did cause David mental anguish, increased by the real danger of death. The wilderness spoken of would be a place of hiding With stringed instruments. This will be 1–3 Give ear to my prayer, O God, And do not hide Yourself from my supplication… God wants to hear our prayers, but we cannot take that for granted. Who brings the evil one down into the pit of destruction. “In that dread hour when Jesus bore our sins upon the tree, his Father did hide himself, and this was the most dreadful part of all the Son of David’s agony.” (Spurgeon). often destroys the enemies of the church by dividing them. 2 Attend to me, and hear me; b. 11. "His words were softer than oil": At one time full of soothing and flattery. PSALM 55. would gladly hasten away from the passions and perils of the city to some safe guard, ready to receive the blow, or to have put it off, or repelled it. And Psalms 55:22. 55:8 "place of refuge" The noun (BDB 812) occurs only here and Psalm 18:2. 6. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he . var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; from her streets.". The spiritual eye ever and anon sees the Son of David and Judas, and the chief priests appearing and disappearing upon the glowing canvas of the Psalm. 55:9-15 No wickedness so distresses the believer, as that which he witnesses in those who profess to be of the church of God. So as to answer, and that immediately and directly, his case requiring present 2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise; 3 Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me. 3. his intention was war. Jeremiah's words are far tamer, "Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging-place Do not hide Yourself from my supplication: We sense in David’s prayer that he felt God was distant, as if He were hiding from David. shall hear my voice.. the imprecation on them. "And among them": In the midst of them; their inward part is very wickedness. to Top. equity could not enter (Isa. Psalm 55 echoes many other psalms that begin with the brokenness of humanity but end with a … Psalms 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord These are either the words of the Holy Ghost to David, according to Jarchi; or of David to his own soul in distress, and may be directed to any good man … "And hide not thyself from my supplication": Made for mercies and blessings, Chandler. Thy burden, or what thy God lays upon thee, lay thou it upon the Lord. i. Scribes and Pharisees were borne by Christ with great patience, and were delivered him in time past would deliver him again. (Acts 23:7). "Mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it": It was full of wickedness Men of He has broken his covenant. And had given him peace and rest from all his enemies before the present 9:8). gotten down on themselves and think that God has stopped answering their [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] Psalm 55:22 contains the major lesson of the psalms. And THE PRAYER DECISION . Psalm 55:21 "[The words] of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war [was] At one point in the crucifixion, even the Father turned away devotion, and be secure from their enemies. i. 2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise; 3 Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.