Psalm 55 Commentary

Psalm 55 Commentary

David is afraid. Several words are used to describe his feelings and condition: trouble; distraught; suffering; anguish; fear; trembling, and overwhelmed.

This sad state of affairs is as a consequence of a couple of factors: what the enemy is saying and the threats.

We are always hearing things. The things we hear can be a source of many problems. David responds by turning to the LORD. Let the LORD confuse the wicked. Let their plans come to nothing. It is a prayer for the destruction of the wicked. It reflects on the final destruction of the wicked – a function reserved for the Judge.

At the same time, the psalm reflects the saint’s wish for a place of rest, a place far away from trouble. He wishes he had the wings of a dove. He would fly away and be at rest. One of the two must give way. I either run away from trouble or the LORD terminates trouble. Rest is a must-have need.

But David’s lack of wings is a problem. It points to the saint’s dependence on the LORD for solutions.

It is more painful when the problem comes from within the community of God’s people. These things happen. So problems can come from the wicked or from innocent-looking sources. But regardless, David prays in the morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening. Prayer must be said at all times. It shouldn’t be all flowers. Let the LORD know when you are crushed, low and down.

Let the saint watch out for visible and open threats. But let the saint also watch out for innocent-looking trouble spots. Both must be subjects of prayer.

We can trust in the LORD. We can believe in His salvation.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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