Psalm 55:16 As for me, I will call on God, and the Lord will save me.
Betrayal! Have you ever experienced it's sting?
Betrayal is a violation of someone's trust and it comes in many forms.
Betrayal is never expected but is experienced when it's sting shows up.
Betrayal is a pain that penetrates beyond explanation. A mind boggling, hurtful and crippling pain that can only be healed with God's help.
What do we do when betrayal, anxiety and the opportunity to be afraid comes our way?
King David, Israel’s greatest king and a man who is described in scripture as a "man after God's own heart" finds himself in the midst of a situation that can cause anxiety, panic and crippling fear.
David had been betrayed by a close and trusted associate. Someone whom he had a previous relationship with under his leadership as king.
Betrayal by a friend! Have you ever been there before? Well, if you have then you could possibly related to David's pain and anxiety to some degree.
David's symptoms is something that we all will deal with to some extent at one point or another in ALL of our lives when we too have been betrayed or wrong by someone we know and trust.
What do we do and where do we turn when these negative emotions from betrayal shows up? The Word of God is where we need to run too in order to understand and find comfort.
In the midst of an attack of betrayal from his enemy who was once one of his closest confidant, David declares confidence in the Lord his God.
David’s confidence in God was rooted in his assurance and dependence on God that he acquire from his past experiences with God.
Throughout his entire life David had seen the hand of God work on his behalf. David had seen God's hand in many past battles and experiences with his enemies so once again He is able to find confidence instead of mental and physical defeat.
David was confident that if he cried out to Lord His God, He would hear him and answer for David said to himself "He shall hear my voice" and save me from my enemies.
What about us? What do we do or what have we done in the time of betrayal from those we once trusted? Can we find confidence in God even in the midst of betrayal, hurt and anxiety? Yes! No doubt about it! Our God is a very present help in the time of trouble.
How can we attempt to overcome these fears when they show up at the front door of our minds and heart? By placing our trust and hope in God and His promises concerning us.
We can also overcome by grabbing a hold of our thoughts through meditation on the Word of God and prayer to God because negative emotions can and will rob us of our joy, peace and confidence in God.
We are reminded to be careful in what we think in Proverbs 4:23-Carefully guard your thoughts because they are the source of true life.
Right thinking involves dwelling not only on right thinking from the Word of God but also from being in a right relationship with the Sovereign God of the universe who sees and knows all things.
The pain of betrayal and it's sting is nothing new. Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. It's not that Jesus did not have foreknowledge of it or Judas. When Jesus chose his disciples He said "one of you is a devil". Jesus is God in the flesh and He has sovereign reign over the entire universe, including humanity.
Betrayal reveals the because He is the Sovereign God, but, just the idea of someone who walked and served along with you for 3 years is painful in itself to see the depravity of that person's heart.
As with this text, David too is dealing with betrayal of someone close to him too. I am sure we all have our personal stories of betrayal.
Be very careful with your spirit of betrayal for God is not mocked, whatsoever a man sow that he or she shall reap. As the old adage goes "what goes around, comes around". Not that this is a wish for anyone, but it is indeed a fact of life.
Even in the midst of life's worst pain, we have a hiding place in God.
Why God allows what He allows, I can not answer that but one thing I know for sure and that is if we are hurting and have been hurt at the sting of other people's behavior, God can heal us. His Word is medicine for our wounded hearts and spirit.
The good news on today is even in the midst of whatever pain you may be feeling from the sting of betrayal, like David, we too can cry out to the Lord and He will hear and answer us.