David continues his prayer to God. He prays against his enemies. He requests God to destroy their tongues, death upon them, and for them to go to hell.
He explains that his enemies are wicked, deceitful, and hate. These enemies were not from without, but from within. His friends. That makes it even worse.
Psalm 55:8-15 states:
“I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest. 9 Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.11 Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.12 For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him:13 But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.”
David was distraught because his friends turned their backs on him. Christians have had this happen to them. We may invest our lives in someone’s life, see them grow strong in the Lord, and they turn their backs on us. A brother or sister in Christ may say things that are not true about us.
It grieves us.
Tomorrow we will see how to deal with our enemies.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001