Prayer of the Betrayed


Psalm 55:1-17
“As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me,” Psalm 55:16.

Sometimes our battles (tests of faith) are not only for our benefit but also for a testimony of faith to others; for example, the life of David.
David defeated Saul, and then Absalom his own son raised an army against him. Absalom’s head got caught in a tree limb giving the opportunity for Joab and his soldiers to kill him. His death grieved David. After that, and before he had time to fully grieve Absalom’s death, another foe raised his head. Following that, David endured a three year drought and another battle with that Philistine army, the giant’s (whom David defeated) own giant sons and a giant brother, including a twelve toed, twelve fingered son. (See 2 Samuel 21:20.)
Test after test, battle after battle seemed to have overtaken David’s life and, yet, his faith in God did not falter. David testified of God’s greatness as he penned the words found in Psalm 18. David’s faith in God echoes throughout the ages as a living testament of God’s goodness, greatness, mercy, providence, intervention and His righteous judgment.
While it is true David was betrayed, he did not take a defeatist attitude. Instead, he turned to God and turned his enemies over to God. What does your testimony of faith say, and is it worth repeating? Someone is watching you.

REFLECTION
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him (2 Sam. 22:31).
Beverly Barnett

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