Psalm 55: 12-13 ” If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were raising himself against me, I could hide from him. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend…”

If you read the first eight verses of Psalm 55 you have to wonder – what’s gotten into David.  This mighty man of God and fierce warrior…someone who as a youngster killed Goliath with a single stone…is now quaking in his boots.  Bravery has been replaced by abject terror…overwhelming fear now overshadows this once courageous man.   It’s to the point, in verses 6-8 that David is ready to give up and just run away.  So who is this person that’s affecting David so?  It turns out to be his own flesh and blood…his son, Absalom, who’s attempting to seize the kingdom away from him.  This once fierce warrior is facing an enemy he’s never encountered before, and his anguished heart can hardly bear it.

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