Posted: May 3, 2010
Let us meditate again this week from Psalm 55 where David wrote of his days in dealing with Absalom and Ahithophel. Absalom, his son, has risen up to take the throne and David’s closest friend and counselor, Ahithophel, has sided with Absalom.
In verse 12-14 I find some thoughts with application for the present time with David and they also speak prophetically of Christ’s day. I have called this section ‘David’s Adversary’.
In verse 12 David shares with us his ‘Relationship To The Adversary’. An earlier phrase in this Psalm has now become very relevant. The phrase was in verse 2 when David said, ‘I mourn in my complaint’. The phrase literally means, ‘I wander in my thoughts’. It s evident that David has allowed his thought to wander from one thing to another. David’s mind begins to look at his relationship to Ahithophel. The text tells us that this is not an open foe but a pretending friend that has ‘reproached’ David. The word ‘reproach’ means to define, to defy, and to put in jeopardy of another because you have exposed them. David said if it had been a full fledge enemy he could have ‘borne’ it. The word ‘borne’ means to lift it and walk on. We expect our true enemies to attack us but it blind-sides us when a so-called friend defies us. There is no greater enemy than a false friend. David tells us in 12b that if this person had been up front with his hatred he could have found a place to hide. It is hard to find a hiding place when one hates you that you thought loved you. In the world of ministry for the Lord it is a devastating thing to have those you thought loved you, and enjoyed your preaching only to find that they hate you and you never were their ‘cup of sunshine’.
Let us also look at verse 13 where we find ‘The Reality Of The Adversary’. In verse 13 the wandering of David’s thoughts says, ‘But it was thou’. It seems as if his adversary Ahithophel is so real he is standing right before him. Oh, how those who oppose us can become so real that they are so heavy on our minds that it seems like they walk, eat, and sleep with us. David refers to Ahithophel as ‘a man mine equal’. David is saying, ‘I always treated him fairly. I never looked down upon him like I was a King and he but a lowly sage. I lifted him up as one in my own class.’ David said he was my ‘guide’ and I took his advice to the letter. He was ‘mine acquaintance’. The phrase means one who is an intimate or best friend. It is one who knows your weaknesses and you don’t mind sharing your most secret thoughts with them. When I think of folks like this becoming your enemy it almost makes you not want to get close to anyone but Christ.
In verse 14 David looks ahead of the inspiration of the Holy Ghost and sees ‘The Redeemer And This Adversary’. This verse tells of the relationship Christ had with Judas. They had sweet fellowship together, even at the house of God. Jesus had entrusted him with the money. Even after all his trust and tenderness to Judas, he sold him out for thirty pieces of silver. But like Ahithophel, Judas met with a horrible end of hanging himself. Let us walk on trusting others, making friends, even if there be an enemy among them. Remember our Lord’s words. ‘Vengeance is mine. I will repay.’