16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me. 17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. 18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me. 19 God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God. 20 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant. 21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. 22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. 23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.
The first 15 verses of this Psalm deal with David’s enemies and his struggles. The next eight verses show how David encouraged himself throughout the trials he faced. What a blessing for this Christian to read!
As I read this Psalm today, I was able to feel David’s passion in his dialogue with God. It’s as if David was saying, “I know what I’m going to do! I’m going to call upon God and He’ll save me out of my troubles! I’ll cry out loud and speak my needs to Him and He’ll hear me!” David didn’t take matters into his own hands. Quite the opposite! Verse 19 tells me that he left it up to God because God heard David’s prayer and God would afflict his enemies.
So many times my battles in life have left me in a place where there was nothing more I could do. It had to be left to God otherwise I would go crazy! I can almost feel the passion in David’s words in verses 16 through 21!
Then David blesses me with a solution to all my problems in the next verse! In the midst of turmoil, the Lord places an absolutely beautiful and comforting verse just for me!
~Psalm 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
It’s God who sustains me in all of my trials and tribulations. Whether they are a result of sin or of testing, it does not matter. Yes, unrepented sin brings manifold judgment. However, I’m speaking of repented sin when I make this statement. God will sustain me and He won’t allow me to fall as He will see me through my trials.
~Hebrews 13:5b for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
How blessed I am to have a Father who loves me so much that no matter what He will be there for me! What comfort today’s text is to me!