Morning devotion: Read Psalm 55

Psalms 55:9  ¶Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city. 10  Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it. 11  Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets. 12  For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: 13  But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. 14  We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company. 15  Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.

This portion of the Psalms is attributed Ahithophel who was David’s trusted friend and confidant. He was one of the few which worked in the Temple as priest. He was considered one of those few who spoke with God.

2Sa 16:23  And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had enquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.

When circumstances changed, and Absalom, David’s son, looked as if he would assume the throne, Ahithophel changed allegiances. He gave counsel against David. Knowing this had taken place, David prays and seeks God’s deliverance.

2 Samuel 15:31  And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.

God answered David’s prayer.  2 Samuel 17:14  And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the LORD had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the LORD might bring evil upon Absalom.

When Ahithophel saw that his counsel was rejected, he again took measures into his own hands,

2 Samuel 17:23  And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.

When it comes to trust, make sure your trust is in one who never fails and who never forsakes and always keeps His word. God never fails, never forsakes and always keeps His word.

Just as David did and just as John the Apostle says; put your confidence in the Lord. 1 John 5:14  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

When it comes to the saving of the soul, let the counsel of the Lord be your guide.

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook