9-11, Psalm 55, and 3-in-1

(Today’s post by Adam Cooper)

Psalm 55

I must say that when I first read this Psalm I was surprised by its content. Surprised because it talks about enemy and terrors and horror and how evil “finds lodging among them.” I was already aware of the date of today’s post and trying to figure out how I wanted to address the importance of this day, the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I must say that it is a daunting day filled with memories of where I was when I first saw the video of a jumbo jet flying into the side of one of our nation’s greatest landmarks and realizing that this was the SECOND one. I remember watching in horror as one and then the other 100+ story building collapsed on itself and on the many emergency workers and victims in and around it. Having the context of this attack in my head while I was studying this passage made it all the more meaningful.

This Psalm was most likely written during the time of Absalom’s rebellion. A time when King David would have been having a tough time grasping with the reality that his own son was rising up against him. In my Life Application Study Bible this Psalm is described as a maskil for David. Maskil is Hebrew and means literally or enlightened. I believe that David wrote this as he learned of his son’s treachery and became aware of how evil had entered into, and was now trying to destroy, God’s Kingdom. David is calling on God for his help in this. This is a time when David sees the enemy rising up from among his friends and family to destroy God’s creation.

Others see a significant prophetic tone to this Psalm and there are those who see the enemy from within as Judas. Especially in verses 13-14, “But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship as we walked with the throng at the house of God.”

Another thing that is interesting is in verse 16 when David says, “But I call to God, and the Lord saves me.” This is one of those instances where it is believed, since David uses two different forms of the word God, that David is here referring to Jesus when he uses the term Lord. Looking at the Hebrew for God, ‘elohiym, which is actually a plural word with a singular meaning which indicates more than one, and the word for Lord, Yehovah, the proper name of the one true God, some can presume that David’s use of plurality and singularity in the same breath indicates divine influence over his writing and yet another way that God shows that the trinity was not a New Testament construct but instead had been in existence forever.

Another prophetic overtone to this Psalm is in verses 16-19, “But I call to God, and the LORD saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. He ransoms me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me. God, who is enthroned forever, will hear them and afflict them– “Selah” men who never change their ways and have no fear of God.” Does this possibly refer to the remnant that flees Israel in Revelation and finally calls to God to initiate the second coming?

However you may look at this Psalm, prophetic or not, the final verses need to be our take away today.  We do need to be constantly aware that the enemy dwells among us and that its main goal is to see us be ineffective for God’s Kingdom.  However, no matter what we may be faced with from the enemy we must remember verses 22-23, “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.  But you, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of corruption; bloodthirsty and deceitful men will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you.”  If we allow our gaze to remain unwaveringly on Him, if we hand over our cares and worries and concerns to Him, He will not let us fall but will instead bring defeat to the enemy.

My prayer for you today is for each of you to examine your lives and the things that seem to be burdensome to you.  Look at whether you have handed those over to God.  If you think you have and things still continue to rage against you, make sure you have wholeheartedly given those things over to God and that you are not still trying to control them in some way with your own energy.  If things continue to rage, remain fixed on God and have the faith that even though He may allow us to face trials in our lives He will bring us through them.

 

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