Psalm 55

Finding Peace in God's Presence



In Psalm 55, the psalmist pours out their anguish and distress to God, seeking His help and refuge. As we study this psalm from a New Covenant perspective, we will see how it points to Jesus Christ as the ultimate source of peace and comfort in the midst of turmoil. We will explore the themes of expressing our emotions to God, finding solace in His presence, and trusting in His faithfulness.

Section 1: Expressing Our Emotions to God (vs 1-8)

"Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught because of what my enemy is saying, because of the threats of the wicked; for they bring down suffering on me and assail me in their anger. My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen on me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. I said, 'Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. I would flee far away and stay in the desert.'"

Talking Points:

Harmony: 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV), "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."


Section 2: Finding Solace in God's Presence (vs 9-15)

"Confuse the wicked, Lord, confound their words, for I see violence and strife in the city. Day and night they prowl about on its walls; malice and abuse are within it. Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets. If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God, as we walked about among the worshipers."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Matthew 5:44 (NIV), "But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."


Section 3: Trusting in God's Faithfulness (vs 16-23)

"As for me, I call to God, and the LORD saves me. Evening, morning, and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me. God, who is enthroned from of old, who does not change— he will hear them and humble them, because they have no fear of God. My companion attacks his friends; he violates his covenant. His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords. Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. But you, God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of decay; the bloodthirsty and deceitful will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you."

Talking Points:

Harmony: 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV), "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."



Psalm 55, viewed through the lens of the New Covenant in Christ, presents the psalmist's lament and plea for God's intervention amidst betrayal and distress, finding its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus. 

The psalmist's call to God to listen and not be silent reflects our own cries to Jesus, who is our sympathetic High Priest, understanding our pain and interceding on our behalf (Hebrews 4:15-16). 

The psalmist's description of the treacherous words and violence of enemies echoes the opposition and hostility Jesus faced during His earthly ministry (Matthew 26:3-4, Matthew 26:59-60). 

The psalmist's plea for refuge and deliverance prefigures our own seeking of safety and salvation in Jesus, who offers rest to the weary and deliverance from sin (Matthew 11:28, Romans 7:24-25). 

The psalmist's trust in God's faithfulness and reliance on Him as his portion anticipates our dependence on Jesus as the true source of fulfillment and joy (Lamentations 3:24, John 6:35). 

The psalmist's call to cast our burdens on the Lord aligns with Jesus' invitation to take His yoke upon us, finding rest in Him (Matthew 11:28-30). 

Psalm 55 directs us to Jesus as the source of refuge, peace, and deliverance, inviting us to bring our burdens to Him and find rest in His unwavering love and care.