The Apostle John was writing to the Church in the city of Pergamum…where 1000 feet above the plain stood an immense altar to Zeus, the chief god of Greek mythology. Despite being immersed in the oppressiveness of false religion…John was encouraging the Believers to hold fast to their faith. He was urging them to continue to be part of the world, but not of it… and rejoicing that they had refused to become part of this false religious cult and instead maintained their relationship with Jesus Christ. Religious persecution takes on all kinds of faces, and Satan is a master at twisting the truth. And just because a Church is located on the highest point of the city doesn’t mean it’s the godliest.
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 Bravery has been replaced by abject terror…overwhelming fear now overshadows this once courageous man.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.