Psalm 41:9-13 [NLT]
Even my best friend, the one I trusted completely,
the one who shared my food, has turned against me.
10 Lord, have mercy on me.
Make me well again, so I can pay them back!
11 I know you are pleased with me,
for you have not let my enemies triumph over me.
12 You have preserved my life because I am innocent;
you have brought me into your presence forever.
13 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,
who lives from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and amen!
My reflections in prayer
When I read that verse about “best friend…turned against me” my heart sighed remembering friends lost because of misunderstandings and the devil winning a skirmish because emotions trumped compassion. Forgive me for letting things go so far. When the psalmist says; Make me well again, so I can pay them back! My mind and heart run to the possibility of reconciliation – make me well again becomes a cry asking You to help me see clearly. “So I can pay them back!” – isn’t a cry to get even, but rather a cry for restoration.
“You have preserved my life because I am innocent;” This morning I praise you again that My innocence is only made possible because of yours. [see yesterday’s post]
But the more troubling thought isn’t dear friends betraying me but rather how often I betray myself. And yet You are merciful.
Allow me to experience Your presence throughout this new day.
Praise the Lord, the God of Israel
Praise the Lord, my God
From Tim Keller’s book: Songs of Jesus
BETRAYAL. David asks God’s help to “repay” evildoers within his own intimate circle (“one who shared my bread,” verse 9) not as an act of personal vengeance but because as king he must promote public justice. How should we respond to betrayal by a friend—the cruelest kind? Centuries later Jesus applied this verse to himself (John 13:18) as he was reaching out to Judas, gently giving him every opportunity to repent. Judas was, of course, not the only person disloyal and untrue to Jesus that night. And Christians, though we break bread at the Lord’s table with him, regularly let him down. Yet he forgives us. So we should forgive those who betray us.
Prayer: Father, there are persons who wronged me in the past whom, I realize, I have not fully forgiven. I hold their actions against them. I avoid them or I’m unusually hard on them. Let your costly grace to me through Jesus Christ so melt my icy heart that I can forgive fully and freely. Amen.