Unfaithful Friends


In Psalms 55:1-3 David prays to God and explains that he is restless and distracted because of his enemies. He explains who his enemy is --- "A man my equal, my companion and my familiar friend; We who had sweet fellowship together (church member), walked in the house of God in the throng " (v. 13-14). David explained that he could "bear it" had it not been his friend or spiritual brother. (V. 12)
I can understand that easily. My greatest sadness has been when my brethren in the Lord hurt me in some way. One would think that your fellow Christians would not do that to you, but Christians still sin. They are still selfish, greedy lustful, etc., etc. There is no one who does good." (Ps. 53:1) I guess we expect too much from our brethren.
David explains the method of deceitful brethren, "His speech was smoother than butter...his words were softer than oil." (v. 21) He did not attack David violently. He just used his tongue in gossip against him and pretended to be his friend. David tells how painful it is to have an unfaithful friend, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest." (v. 6) And I have felt similar pain before!
Solution to unfaithful friends? "Cast your burden upon the Lord and he will sustain you." (v. 22)
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