Study 44 From the Book of Psalms is: Psalm 55
Of the two ways of meeting trouble mentioned in verses 6, 7 and 22 respectively, which is the better? What other verses show that the psalmist is turning to God for help, rather than seeking to escape from the scene of his distress?
What was the bitterest element in the psalmist’s grief? See verses 12-14, 21 and cf. 2 Sa. 15:31; Jn. 13:21. Observe, however the difference between David’s cry in verse 15, and our Lord’s word concerning Judas (Mk. 14:21).
1. Verses 9-11. Violence, strife, iniquity, mischief, wickedness, oppression, fraud, seem to be personified as walking on the walls and in the streets of the city.
2. Verse 22. ‘Your burden’: the Hebrew word translated ‘burden’ means literally ‘what he has given you’. The thought seems to be, ‘Take back to God, and cast upon Him the burden He has laid upon you, and He will sustain you under it. For He has given it to you to bring you to Himself. ‘Cf. Ps. 107:23-30