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Betrayal

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”  Psalm 55:22

Betrayal. There’s no attack more heartbreaking than the attack of someone whom you believed to be your friend. This is the kind of heartbreak David writes about in Psalm fifty-five.

Multiple times in David’s own life he experienced the heartbreak of having someone he loved, and who he had believed had loved him in return, return evil for the friendship he had given. 

After David’s victory over Goliath Saul had taken David and made him part of his household. David had played and sang for Saul soothing the restless spirit that had tormented him. David had served as a captain in the army and led his unit in dozens of victory’s over Saul’s enemies eventually earning the reward of marriage to Saul’s daughter Michal. But it wasn’t long before Saul began accusing him of plotting against him to steal his throne and when David ran Saul then marshaled his army to hunt him like a criminal for years.

Eventually David became King but treachery found him in his own household. His own son, Absalom, plotted against him in the way that Saul had accused him of plotting against him.  Absalom used his attractive looks, and abilities to steal allies from David’s army and government until he had gained enough support to stage a coup and drive David from his home and capital. The treachery was eventually overcome but the the losses to David of those he had thought were friends and family were forever. 

Jesus knew the disappointment of having friends and family betray you. During his ministry his family, including his mother, declared him mad and tried to take him into custody, one of his three closest disciples, Peter, denied that he’d even known him, but the worst was Judas selling his loyalty for thirty pieces of silver and leading the mob to arrest Jesus.

The hardest disappointments you can ever experience Jesus has experienced. He knows, he understands, the pain you feel because he has gone through that kind of pain too. 

There’s one hardship that Jesus had to bear that you will never have to bear if you choose not to. 

On the cross Jesus cried out, “My God! my God! Why have you forsaken me?”

Because he had taken our sin he experienced our punishment for that sin. His beloved Father withdrew his presence from him and he felt the combined weight of our guilt and the loneliness of that comes from losing his connection with his Father. 

Because he did that we never have to. If we’ll accept him as our Lord and Savior today we have his promise that he’ll never leave us or forsake us. We’re his and he is ours forever. 

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