“Free As A Bird” – One Year Bible Reading (Psalms/Proverbs) – March 12

Psalm 55:1-23     A Lament Psalm by David

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Psalm 55:1-23   Free As A Bird

Psalm 55 is the fourth of four psalms that give us insight into the Tribulation and the Antichrist.   David may have been fleeing his son Absalom who had started an insurrection.  His trusted advisor, Ahithophel, had become a traitor, defecting to his son (cf. 2 Samuel 15:30–31).  David was in a world of pain.  You would have been, too.  In fact, maybe you are.  And then this would be a great psalm on which to reflect, especially verses 6 and 22.

David is in pain and implores God to hear him (vv. 1-3).  You’ve never done that?  Does that sound familiar?  How about this:  “Lord!  HELP!!!”  His life was being threatened.

David was ripped up inside (vv. 4-5).  He wished he could turn into a bird so he could fly away (vv. 6-8).

He asked God to make his enemy as confused as if their languages had been swapped out on them like at Babel (vv. 9-11).

Have you ever had one of your best friends turn on you?  There isn’t anything more painful in life than that.  David’s most trusted advisor, Ahithophel, absconded for the enemy (vv. 12-14).  One of Jesus’ disciples turned him in to the authorities to be killed.  His name has become a name for traitors over the century.  Benedict Arnold pales in comparison.  However, in the future, Antichrist will fit the mold.  He will betray his “friend” Israel.

David calls for the death sentence for this traitor (v. 15).  If it was Ahithophel, then he got an answer to his prayer (2 Sam. 17:23).

David is not putting his hope in men or horses (cf. Psa. 20:7) but in God (vv. 16-19).

See if this doesn’t sound like the Antichrist during the Tribulation, he betrayed his covenant with Israel, he talked a slick game, he talks peace but ends up with war (vv. 20-21).  That is the way traitors are.  They will knife you in the back.  Et Tu, Brute?

Verse 22a sounds quite like one of the most practical verses in the New Testament.  Like Peter should have been charged with plagiarism.  “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Pet. 5:7 NIV).  I think if a verse could be worn out, I would have worn that one out.

Verse 22 continues with the fact that God won’t allow the righteous, aka the believer (in NT times, in Jesus Christ), to be rattled or displaced (v. 22b).  God will sustain us, provide for us and protect us (v. 22a).

God takes care of those who trust Him.  But how many times have we seen the warning for unbelievers in Psalms and Proverbs?  They will end up in H-E-double hockey sticks.  In fact, their days will be shortened to half (v. 23b).  The Antichrist arrives on the scene for a short time.  Messiah comes at first for a thousand years, then eternity.   Hitler died at 56, Napoleon at 51, Alexander the Great, 32.  Maybe he should have been called Alexander the Short-Lived.  Attila the Hun only reigned for twenty-one years.

David ends with the affirmation that he will trust in Yahweh, the only One he could fully trust.  His trust was rewarded.  He survived and regained his kingship.

As I age, it becomes apparent that God will allow me to suffer in many ways (cf. Ps. 71:20-21) with the result that I have no one but Him (cf. John 6:68; also Ps. 62:5, 73:25).

Who are you trusting today?

Proverbs 11:7  Danger Will Robinson

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Sometimes people fault preachers for trying to scare them into Heaven.  Are you kidding?  What do you want them to do?  “Oh, OK.  You want to go to Hell?  Well, if that’s your choice.”  Would that be the politically correct way to do it?  What would a person end up with then?  HELL!!!   OMGoodness!

You don’t know when your time is up!   Before communion one time at a church I pastored, I mentioned that my wife had hit a dog that had run out in front of her on the highway.  That dog certainly didn’t intend on making that day his last.  But it was.  A lady was deeply offended that I would mention a dog during her precious communion time.  A few years later that lady herself died suddenly.

Are you thinking I’m being too “flip”?  Do you think my illustrations are too spooky?  Too creepy?

Then let me ask, “What are YOU doing to warn people from an eternity of Hell?”

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