Read Psalm 55
Focus on verses 12-14
Conflict with other people is nearly always uncomfortable, and often downright painful. One should expect to be attacked or taunted by those who are identified as enemies and though this can be painful, it is at least predictable. What is more difficult to bear is when the attack comes from the inside – from one who was considered a trusted companion. This kind of conflict is infinitely more difficult to deal with. It causes emotional confusion because we do not expect friends to attack us. It often results in greater damage because our shield is down, and our armor is not in place when the attack occurs. By the time we realize we are being attacked it may be too late to fend off the blow.
David apparently knew what it was like to be betrayed by false friends. He describes the feelings and pain of betrayal when one who he thought was a familiar friend turns on him. Jesus Christ also knew the sting of betrayal when Judas led a group of soldiers to the garden of Gethsemane and identified Jesus to them by greeting Him with a kiss. I suspect the fact that Jesus knew it was coming did little to ease the pain of the betrayal.
I suspect there are few reading this blog who have not at some point experienced at least some degree of betrayal. In fact, it may well be unrealistic to expect to go through a lifetime without having to learn this lesson about humanity. If we were to be brutally honest, we might all have to admit that we have at times also been that person that has betrayed a friend. There is One who we can be certain will never betray us. That One is the Lord Himself. He is, in fact, the One who can best understand what it feels like when we have been betrayed. Perhaps that is why David writes, “Cast your burden upon the Lord and he will sustain you”. David knew what to do with his feelings when he had been betrayed. Perhaps we would do well to do the same rather than to become bitter or attempt to retaliate?