Posted: April 7, 2010
Let us begin to muse upon Psalm 55:1-8 this week. It was written in the days when Absalom would steal David’s kingdom. Ahithopel, David’s close friend, would side with his rebellious son Absalom to take the throne. The title says it is ‘To the chief Musician on Neginoth’. The public music director was to sing this accompanied by the stringed instruments. These instruments could quickly change or set the mood of each verse. It was a Maschil Psalm of David. David was giving instructions in this song.
In verses 1-8 I find ‘David’s Agitation’. How often it is easy to be agitated in these times. I am well aware there are certain things that agitate us to good. In verses 1 and 2 I see ‘An Agitating Declaration’. David’s agitation drives him to the mercy seat to declare his cause to the only one who truly cares. He asks for an audience with God, the most high. He asks God not to hide from his supplication. We are reminded of our Lord on the cross as His Father hid himself from the son’s supplication. He cried, ‘My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ These declarations continue in verse 2 when David in deep earnest repeats for the third time his desire for God to be a listener and an answerer. We may not complain of Him but we can certainly complain to Him. Our words and ramblings can seem but noise to this world, but be assured my friend He understands and cares.
In verses 3-5 I find ‘An Agitating Dread’. In verse 3 we have the story of the ages, which is the attack by the wicked upon the righteous. He that is born of the flesh will as long as there is life oppress those that are born of the Spirit. Their tongue does the greatest damage. Matthew Henry said of this verse, "David is saying they try to trip me up and when they do not succeed, they say I fell when I didn’t." In verse 4 this dread of trouble has brought on David’s soul the pain like that of a woman in the travail of birth. The fear of death hath fallen. The word indicates the dread has come from above not below. Oh how our God uses fear to drive us to Himself. Remember our Lord in the garden before His death said, ‘My soul is exceedingly sorrowful even unto death.’ When it is our time to walk the road of this dread look for the footprints of our lovely Lord. In verse 5 we find the dread of darkness has enclosed him. It is like that of Jonah in his whale.
In verses 6-8 I find ‘The Agitation Of Desire’. He tells us in verse 6 of his desire to be a dove and fly away. Let us remember Noah’s dove found no place of rest but in the Ark of Christ. We who are weary laden fly to Him the Ark of Rest and Safety. In verses 7-8 David sees himself in a wilderness and storm of adversity. The great thought here is that it is far better to be in a wilderness with Him than in a palace without Him. It is far better to be in the storm and winds of adversity with Him than on a clear day without Him.
Let us remember the song writer’s words, ‘Hiding in Thee thou blest Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee.’ Another I call to mind is ‘Under His wings, under His wings, who from His love can sever? Under His wings, my soul shall abide, safely abide forever.’