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I Will Trust You…
“O Lord, I will trust in you” (Psalm 55:23). This is the last line of a psalm full of the pain of the betrayal of intimate friends. You may have heard someone say, “I have trust issues.” Maybe you can say that about yourself, because of experiences like those expressed by the psalmist in this psalm. Trust is one of the most important virtues in any relationship, but because of sin it is often broken. The pain of a broken trust can seem insurmountable in the immediate moment, especially without a profound faith in God. The psalmist here has not only been betrayed by his intimate friends, but has also been ostracised from the community. His prayer is full of his pain. He is rocked with grief from the injustice of their betrayal and the feeling of being alone. His former friends now heap all kinds of troubles on him and he experiences real fear. Like ourselves in similar situations, he wishes that he had wings so that he could fly away and be safe from all of this unjust suffering. He sees violence and strife all around him, treachery, oppression and fraud seem to be everywhere. Does the description of his physical and emotional environment sound familiar? It could be a description of our own times. But what stuns the psalmist the most is that the present pains he is suffering are not due to a recognized enemy, but are caused by one he counted as a dear friend, a friend with whom he had entrusted his life, but who has now turned against him. Is there any greater pain? Many of us have experienced the pain of such a broken trust and it has caused us to go through the range of emotions that the psalmist describes here…