Psalm 55… a prayer of desperation

55 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.

Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;

Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.

My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.

Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.

And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.

I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.

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.

16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me.

17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.

19 God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.

20 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.

21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.

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16 Responses to Psalm 55… a prayer of desperation

  1. Ryan says:

    Great passage. A desperate cry unto the Lord of Hosts. Brotherly betrayal is one of the saddest things in our walk with the Lord. Perhaps one should revisit recent “divisions” (Eg David Nathan) that may have been initiated by the brother that has betrayed the most. In hindsight, perhaps those issues suddenly seem small and unworthy of the strife that was generated. It isn’t hard to see that the common denominator is the betraying brother. I would suggest that many strong men were seduced by his ways, even me. The bad fruit, as things stand, is now indisputable.

    As for the recent, public charges laid against you, only you know how much truth lies there. Its so subjective. It’s always hard to have to take a back and humbly reassess, but it may very well be worth it in the long haul. The Lord sees all, and knows all… even the deepest recesses of our hearts.

    You’re still a brother, and much loved. As David did, encouraged yourself in the Lord. I am praying for you.

    Ryan

  2. Ruth L says:

    Years ago I was crying my eyes out because my best friend, who had introduced me to the man I was dating, decided she wanted him–and so went after him.
    One night, after weeks of anguish, I cried out in pain to the Lord, “Why does this hurt so much?”
    He answered–saying in an internal voice I could hear–“Turn to page 722 in your Bible.”
    I opened the Bible, which was lying beside me, to page 722.
    I found this on that page:
    **************************************************************
    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 myself from him.
    13 But it is you, my equal,
    My companion and my familiar friend;
    14 We who had sweet fellowship together
    Walked in the house of God together. (from Ps 55)
    ****************************************************************
    Tonight I have been crying in my heart because of betrayal by a family member a day ago. Then you sent out this email. Makes me realize how much the Lord cares about our pain.

    • billrandles says:

      That’s beautiful Ruth- to my knowledge this is the only blog where I just felt led to post a scripture…keep looking up

      On Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 6:26 PM Pastor Bill Randles Blog wrote:

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      • Ruth L says:

        Thank you, Pastor Bill, for listening to the Lord and sending that passage. Gave me immediate peace. (A funny part of the story that I left out… When the Lord said to read page 722 in your Bible, I asked, “Page 722 in which Bible?” as I had several. He replied, “The one laying on the carpet, beside your head.”)

  3. RL says:

    I started praying that the Lord would open my eyes, just in general, never knowing what I was in for. That was about five months ago. In the last few months, everything has really been turned upside down. People who I thought were close friends were shown as not only not friends, but enemies. People who actually delighted in my pain and only really stayed in contact to experience it. How twisted is that and I am talking about people who profess to follow Christ. Something deeply spiritual is happening.

    Pas Bill did two teachings from the last few years that have been brought to the forefront of my mind in the last few weeks, “Satan desires to sift you” and “War on the Saints.” Man were those prophetic. I am so sorry for what is happening as it’s only these teachings that are keeping me from utter despair. The Tares are rolling along with no problems. “And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. ”. We are certainly there.

    The Lord led you to post this, friend and I am sure you will find that you are not alone. You will be number one in my prayers! After reading this, I read Psalm 73. I used to think it was about unbelievers but I don’t think so, in that many can look just like believers but only God knows the heart. When he opened my eyes, I knew I could just ignore it, go along with the status quo or embrace the ugly truth, trust in what the Lord is doing and learn by it and grow in Him. I hope so much, dearest Pastor, that you can do the same.

    Ruth, I understand exactly where you are, am going through this as well and it hurts something terrible. I will be praying for you as well.

    • Ruth L says:

      RL, thank you…appreciate your prayers. Will pray for you and Pastor Bill. May the Lord turn your situation and Pastor Bill’s for the good as He promises–and for the glory of Jesus!

  4. Deemar says:

    It seems that by boldly and courageously taking a stand against our enemy – as we desperately try to hold people back from heading to destruction/slaughter – brings this very scripture to life for us. So, so hurtful… Indeed, nothing is more heartbreaking. But, this is how the Lord separates – as judgment begins in His household. Praying for you (and us) to remain standing firm, come what may.

  5. standingfirm says:

    The Lord also led me to this verse two years ago. The agony in my heart was unbearable. Just as Jesus foretold, I had family members turn on me. The pain was so bad that I had to counsel with a Christian counselor. She told me that the Lord is separating His people from the wicked and fakes. Getting us ready to spend eternity with Him. And I do remember the sermons “war on the saints” and “Satan desires to sift us”. All I keep thinking is “When we all get to heaven what a day of rejoicing it will be, when we all see Jesus we will sing and shout the victory”!! Blessings to you all.

    MARANATHA!!!!

  6. Dear Pastor Randles,
    Thank you for posting these scriptures.
    I have read all of your older books. They were super encouraging and relateable because, I too, came out of the word of faith following, with false prophecy, teachings and signs and wonders. I am however, now being warned to stay away from you. They say that many of your congregation left, because of false “NAR” teaching and having that false prophet/healer White, come and minister. I do not judge you brother, but out of your own mouth, you spoke clearly about their false doctrine, which really touched my life. Please be honest, I know you are not obligated to me…only God, but I would appreciate the truth about this. You are my brother first and foremost, and I am praying for you. Thank you.

    Respectfully,
    Linda Bejarano

    • RL says:

      Curious as to who or whom “they” are.

    • Patricia Hanna says:

      Dear Linda, My husband and I are part of Bill’s congregation. Like you, we both came out of word of faith heresies by which we were deceived as young Christians. We started attending the church about 6 months before the falling out between Prasch and David Nathan.
      In all of our time at the church, brother Bill has NEVER endorsed any NAR teaching. I am familiar with the concepts and buzz words used by those teachers, and nothing approaching that ever appears in his messages or conversations. Whoever gave you that information is misinformed.
      I don’t know who you are referring to as “false prophet/healer White.” A guy name Craig White came to our church once, and his area of interest was end time prophecy. He made no claims to being prophet or healer. The errors in the one message he gave were evident immediately to the congregation. Pastor Bill did not endorse him or promote him; instead he pointed out to the congregation that there were differences of understanding between himself and the speaker – and he did that in a very grace-filled manner. Is there someone else named White? Perhaps there is confusion between 2 different individuals.
      I pray that God will bring clarity for you on this issue. Each of us needs to hear from the Lord so that we are not tossed about, following one teacher or another, but hearing the voice of our Good Shepherd.
      Blessings to you.

      • Patricia Hanna says:

        Also, I know most of the people who recently left the congregation. It had nothing to do with doctrine or false teaching of any type.

  7. Deemar says:

    Wondering about what someone stated above…
    and looked into Craig White. He states this on his website (article: 10 days to the rapture):

    “Mat 24:37-39 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

    “In the verse above, the “Son of man” isn’t referring to Jesus Christ. The Son of man is the Antichrist!”

    (This is from his “High Time to Awake” website… I’ve certainly never understood it that way – ??)
    Am I misunderstanding, or is that blasphemy?
    I see he (CW) was teaching at your conference…
    Maybe this is a source of some of the troubles?

  8. Deemar says:

    just reading the post above… it is good that error was addressed publicly…
    we must remain in the Light and continue to expose darkness.

    “Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others pass judgment. But if a revelation is made to another who is seated, the first one must keep silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted; and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets; for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” amen

  9. Ruth L says:

    Pastor Bill’s book, Beware the New Prophets, clearly speaks out about NAR and word of faith types. I had experience with them when I was a new believer, so I know the heresies. I discovered Pastor Bill through reading that book, which I have reread several times.

  10. Noel Wood says:

    Oh how we all must remain teachable, humble and lowly in heart, not reckoning ourselves to be something when we are not. How easy it is to say sorry and mean it. But to some, sorry seems to be the hardest word. How can God forgive us if we can’t forgive one another. Love still covers a multitude of sins. So where is the Godly love then? Where are the humble hearts? Where is the reaching out for reconciliation? Bill, those of us who know you, know your heart. You are a good brother. One who would never by self seeking, do despite to the grace of God. Love to you and your family and to all the faithful in your fellowship. There is a balm in Gilead.

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