The Heartache of Betrayal #704

12  For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; Then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; Then I could hide from him. 13  But it was you, a man my equal, my companion and my acquaintance. 14  We took sweet counsel together, and walked to the house of God in the throng. (Psalm 55:12–14, NKJV)

You can hear David’s heartache over being betrayed by his trusted friend and companion. (David’s counselor, Ahithophel, betrayed him during Absalom’s conspiracy and rebellion, 2 Sam. 15:12, 31.) Jesus Christ, the son of David, knew the pain of betrayal from His close companion, Judas (Jno. 13:18; Psa. 41:9). It hurts when someone you love and trust with your very soul proves to be disloyal. Do not turn from God in despair during such moments. Be sure your heart and your actions remain pure. David, in faithful assurance of God’s ever-present love, advises us to “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved” (Psa. 55:22). Timeless counsel. The Lord never betrays us. May we never betray Him.