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01, March 2015

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‘You, too, Brutus?’ (1)

‘…It was my closest friend, the one I trusted most.’ Psalm 55:13 CEV

No dagger strikes as deeply as the thrust of betrayal. Maybe you identify with David’s story of treachery. It’s the cry of a wounded heart, a desperate prayer for relief. He’s overwhelmed and shaken to the core. If it had been an enemy ‘…then I could bear it…’ (Psalm 55:12 NKJV) But it was ‘my closest friend, the one I trusted most. We enjoyed being together, and we went…to your house, our God.’ (Psalm 55:13–14 CEV) It was a bitter pill to swallow—his best mate, the last one he’d ever suspect, the person he trusted with his deepest secrets, a brother in the faith and fellow worshipper! No wonder his heart was broken. He was in a life–threatening position because of a covenant–breaking friend. ‘As for my companion, he betrayed his friends; he broke his promises. His words are as smooth as butter, but in his heart is war. His words are as soothing as lotion, but underneath are daggers!’ (Psalm 55:20–21 NLT) How does David get beyond his grief? By doing these three things: (1) He acknowledges it. He verbalises the emotions he’s experiencing. (2) He talks to God about it. Instead of faking pseudo–courage, he shares his anguish with God. ‘Morning, noon, and night my complaints and groans go up to Him, and He will hear my voice.’ (Psalm 55:17 GNT) (3) He turns his situation over to God. ‘Leave your troubles with the Lord, and He will defend you…’ (Psalm 55:22 NLT) Today, do those three things and you’ll get back on track again.

SoulFood: Ruth 1:3-18, John 6:41-69

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2015

01, March 2015

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