October 4, 2021

October 4, 2021

October 4, 2021

Rance Edwards, Sr.
Clergy
Appalachian District

“Frustrations in Relationships”
Psalm 55:1-15

Listen to my prayer, O God,
    do not ignore my plea;
    hear me and answer me.
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
    because of what my enemy is saying,
    because of the threats of the wicked;
for they bring down suffering on me
    and assail me in their anger.

My heart is in anguish within me;
    the terrors of death have fallen on me.
Fear and trembling have beset me;
    horror has overwhelmed me.
I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
    I would fly away and be at rest.
I would flee far away
    and stay in the desert;[c]
I would hurry to my place of shelter,
    far from the tempest and storm.”

Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,
    for I see violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they prowl about on its walls;
    malice and abuse are within it.
11 Destructive forces are at work in the city;
    threats and lies never leave its streets.

12 If an enemy were insulting me,
    I could endure it;
if a foe were rising against me,
    I could hide.
13 But it is you, a man like myself,
    my companion, my close friend,
14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship
    at the house of God,
as we walked about
    among the worshipers.

15 Let death take my enemies by surprise;
    let them go down alive to the realm of the dead,
    for evil finds lodging among them.

Devotion

All of us have felt at some point like everything has turned against us. Then on top of that we are betrayed by someone close to us. Grief is a heavy burden to bear and it can cloud our minds so that we cannot see things objectively.

I was betrayed by someone very close to me that I would have trusted with my life. That betrayal caused the rest of what was going on in the world to be darker than it really was. Bad events in our lives can shade everything else that is going on.

Sometimes we want to get even for the hurt we feel and may strike out at someone innocent. This is when we must learn to give our cares over to our Savior. Bring your burden to him. In our Scripture we see David in this same circumstance. He brings his cares to the Lord God of Heaven to set things right.

When we read the Psalter we realize that this is the human condition and that we are not alone in our struggle. David was wrestling with betrayal, and he brings his cares to the Lord. May we do the same.

Our struggle involves our entire being. That can cause us to be sick in mind, body, and spirit. Therefore, we need to bring our burdens to our Lord. If we let these burdens fester, the rest of our outlook on life will suffer.

I find that when we are in the state of betrayal, prayer is often a burden. We just do not feel like praying. This is where the Psalms come in. We can read the prayers and connect with God. In this Psalm, we hear the agony David was feeling. We can identify with David’s pain and let our own healing start as we repeat the prayer that David prayed.

When we lay our burdens on the Lord in prayer we discover the relief that comes from sharing it with the Lord. This is not our doing but our Lord’s doing. Praise be to God!!

Prayer

Our God, three in one, you experienced the rejection and betrayal that brought you to the cross. We know that you understand just where we are in life. We pray for the peace that passes all understanding. We pray that peace will enable us to have a fresh look on life. We pray this in Jesus’ blessed Name. Amen.