Someone you loved and trusted turned against you.
I don’t know if there is anything that’s more painful.
We share our hearts with those we love. They know many of our secrets and our greatest hopes and dreams. They also know how and where we are the most vulnerable.
So, when they turn against us . . . it’s heartbreaking.
One of David’s closest friends, Ahithophel, turned against him by helping David’s son, Absolom, rebel against him. Ahithophel gave Absolom advice about the best way to win the hearts of the people, turn them against his father, and seize the kingdom for himself.
David was heartbroken and wrote Psalm 55 out of that pain.
Listen to my prayer, O God.
Do not ignore my cry for help!
Please listen and answer me,
for I am overwhelmed by my troubles.
Fear and trembling overwhelm me,Psalm 55:1–2, 5–8
and I can’t stop shaking.
Oh, that I had wings like a dove;
then I would fly away and rest!
I would fly far away
to the quiet of the wilderness.
How quickly I would escape—
far from this wild storm of hatred.
This Psalm brings up a collection of painful memories for me. Years ago, my closest friend and my child turned against me. My heart was broken. I wanted to fly away . . . to escape the pain.
I wanted to curl up in a corner and hide but, like David, I cried out to the Lord for help.
I will call on God,Psalm 55:16–17
and the Lord will rescue me.
Morning, noon, and night
I cry out in my distress,
and the Lord hears my voice.
He heard my prayer and the Spirit prompted me to grab my Bible and it became my lifeline. For the first time in my life, I read it all—Genesis through Revelation.
Slowly, verse after verse and day after day, God showed me…
- He is greater than my circumstances. (1 John 4:4)
- He is always with me. (Matthew 28:20)
- His perfect love never fails. (Psalm 33:5)
- He is able to give me peace. (John 14:27)
- He will give me the strength I need. (Isaiah 40:29)
And He gave me my life verse…
My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.Psalm 73:26
Now, years later, I proclaim the verse before as well…
Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire You more than anything on earth.Psalm 73:25
I fell in love with God’s Word and through His Word, I fell in love with Him. He became the One I desire more than anything or anyone.
Maybe that’s the very reason the Lord allows heartbreaking experiences. He wants to be the One we desire more than anything.
He desires that we will have “no other gods before” Him.
Everyone wants close loving relationships and I believe the Lord wants them for us too. But He also wants us to KNOW, TRUST, and LOVE Him most of all. He wants us to know that whatever our circumstances even when those closest to us turn against us . . . He will be the strength of our hearts. He is all we truly need now and forever.
A Prayer for God’s Help When
Your Friend Turns Against You
Lord Jesus, thank you! You know exactly what it feels like when someone turns against us. You came and experienced the emotions of being human in this sinful world . . . yet, you didn’t sin. You endured the pain of rejection. Many of the people around you were self-absorbed and selfish and yet You did not let their words or actions change You . . . who You always have been and who You always will be.
You showed us what to do with crushing pain. You took every part of Your pain to Your Father in prayer. You prayed alone and with Your followers. You prayed through a sleepless night and in the brightness of day. You lifted Your heart in gratitude and praise, asked for deliverance from suffering and death, and pleaded for the hearts and minds of the people around You.
Thank you for giving us David’s words to lift up in prayer. Thank you for guiding me to Your Word and for working within me and making it possible for me to KNOW, TRUST, and LOVE You. Thank you for being the desire of my heart . . . for I know You will never leave me nor will You forsake or reject me. Help me live every moment of my life with faith, hope, and love. May I glorify You in all I do and say. Amen.
For those who have experienced the crushing pain of rejection and betrayal. You know that when someone you dearly love turns against you the pain is overwhelming. You know the lonely longing and feeling that no one truly understands or cares.
But Jesus does. He knows, understands, and cares.
He was betrayed by Judas . . . one of the twelve who were closest to Him. He knows how much it hurts and it was His Spirit who prompted David to also write…
Give your burdens to the Lord,Psalm 55:22
and He will take care of you.
He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
If you’re crushed because a friend turned against you. If you’re having trouble forgiving and letting it go…
Give it to the Lord. He will take care of you.
The Lord always keeps His promises; He is gracious in all He does.Psalm 145:13
May the Lord be with you and bless you. May He forever and always be the strength of your heart and your portion forever.
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