Bro. Tom's Weekly Bible Study
  Week #197
Posted: May 11, 2010

PSALM 55:16-19


Let us look again this week at Psalm 55. We know from previous studies that David wrote this when his son Absalom stole the throne from him. David’s closest friend and counselor Ahithophel sided with Absalom.

This week I draw our attention to Psalm 55:16-19 where we find ‘David’s Advocate’. I use the word ‘advocate’ for he is one we go to that will intercede to the Father on our behalf. It has as its roots the idea of one who brings comfort to another. The word is used only once in the Bible. John said in I John 2:1, “…we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”

In verse 16 of our text I find ‘The Testimony Of Calling Upon The Advocate’. David would not meet his enemy’s plots with counter plots but instead he calls upon God. His call is one of confidence for he says, “…the LORD shall save me.” Where did David find the confidence to pray this way? David knew the throne had been deeded to him as long as he lives. It had been snatched away by a lawless rebel. In time God would sort it all out and bring him to his rightful throne.

What a thrill to know we have one we can call on with all confidence. He will work it out and bring comfort while He works.

In verse 17a I find ‘The Times Of Calling On The Advocate’. David speaks in this verse of the fact “…will I pray, and cry aloud:” These words tell us this is a prayer of desperation. We are told that David will pray evening, morning, and at noon. This tells me that David kept prayer on the center point of his day. As the circumstances brought mountains for him to cross David sets up an altar of stones. He prayed at least three times a day. I thought it was interesting that the evening prayer was mentioned first. This was the 9th hour prayer or 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Peter and John prayed at this hour in Acts 3. Why this time? This is the time that Christ died, the veil was rent in twain and God said ‘come boldly before the throne of grace’.

Let us look in verse 17b and 19c where we find ‘The Treasures Of Calling Upon The Advocate’. David says in verse 17 “…and he shall hear my voice.” and in verse 19 “God shall hear me…” Why is it such a treasure for God to hear me? In I John 5:15 John said, “And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petition that we desired of Him”.

In verses 18 and 19c I find ‘The Triumph Of Calling Upon The Advocate’. I find in the word ‘delivered’ that faith sees as well as foresees that God will bring the victory when He is called upon. We can be confident that the Lord will soon change our condition when our prayers become fervent and earnest.

David uses the word ‘Selah’ and he calls upon others to join him to bask in the light of this triumphant victory. David tells us in verse 19 that they have no ‘changes’, which means the absence of trouble. When there is no trouble most never turn to God. He who is without trouble is often without God. I thank Him for being my advocate before the Father. It sure is a comfort in a time of trouble.