Sometimes life is painful!
Have you experienced betrayal of a friend? One of my church members was divorced by her husband. He married with her best friend! She let her come over to her house and shared joy together for many years and her best friend took advantage of her hospitality and used it against her! When that happens, what do you do? David, in his own agony, prayed to God:
So we pray!
“Give ear to my prayer, O God; do not hide yourself from my supplication. Attend to me, and answer me; I am troubled in my complaint. I am distraught by the noise of the enemy, because of the clamor of the wicked. For they bring trouble upon me, and in anger they cherish enmity against me. My heart is in anguish within me, the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me.”
Sometimes we want to run away from life!
Have you felt that you rather wanted to run away from reality? You want to hide from everyone. David felt that way: “And I say, ‘O that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest; truly, I would flee far away; I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah. I would hurry to find a shelter for myself from the raging wind and tempest.’”
It is not our enemy but our friends who hurt us!
When wicked people do evil things, our moral world is strong and stable. We know God will judge them: “Confuse, O Lord, confound their speech; for I see violence and strife in the city. Day and night they go around it on its walls, and iniquity and trouble are within it; ruin is in its midst; oppression and fraud do not depart from its marketplace.”
When we see our “friends” betray us, we are all confused. We become angry and mad. We are filled with this feeling of revenge and frustration. “It is not enemies who taunt me—I could bear that; it is not adversaries who deal insolently with me—I could hide from them. But it is you, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend, with whom I kept pleasant company; we walked in the house of God with the throng. Let death come upon them; let them go down alive to Sheol; for evil is in their homes and in their hearts.”
Still we pray!
Still we come to God and pray to God, knowing that God is the judge, not we. “But I call upon God, and the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he will hear my voice. He will redeem me unharmed from the battle that I wage, for many are arrayed against me. God, who is enthroned from of old, Selah will hear, and will humble them—because they do not change, and do not fear God. My companion laid hands on a friend and violated a covenant with me with speech smoother than butter, but with a heart set on war; with words that were softer than oil, but in fact were drawn swords. Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. But you, O God, will cast them down into the lowest pit; the bloodthirsty and treacherous shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in you.”