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Psalm 41 Messianic Psalm of Betrayal Ė Part III

 

HEART AND NATURE OF BETRAYAL FROM PSALM 41

 

I will draw by the Spirit of God several attributes of betrayers from Psalm 41. I will use the antithesis (opposite) of all the positive attributes and descriptions of the blessed of God written about in this Psalm. Every verse from which I will draw a description of a betrayer is a vivid description of one who is not a betrayer.

 

How blessed is he who considers the helpless; the LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble. The LORD will protect him, and keep him alive, and he shall be called blessed upon the earth; and do not give him over to the desire of his enemies. The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed; in his illness, Thou dost restore him to health. (Psalm 41:1-3, NAS)

 

Again, this Psalm is describing those who are not betrayers; therefore it is easy to define a betrayer. From Psalm 41:1-3 we find that a betrayer is one who considers not the poor and helpless.

 

A betrayer does not consider the poor and the helpless and thereby has given up or betrayed the very heart of God. Jesus said that He did not come to be served but to serve. Jesus never gave up on the poor in spirit but continuously considered and delivered them from their enemies, day of trouble and from their sickbed.

 

The Lord will not deliver a betrayer from his day of trouble. The Lord will not protect, keep him alive and he shall be cursed. He will be given over to his enemies. A betrayer will not be sustained on his sickbed, in his illness and will not be restored.               

                                               

As for me, I said, "O LORD, be gracious to me; heal my soul, for I have sinned against Thee." (Psalm 41:4, NAS)

 

Betrayers are void of a desire for mercy and repentance. Betrayers do not see the loving grace of God available for the healing of a sinful soul. Betrayers are constantly influenced by a spirit of death and purpose in their hearts to steal, kill and destroy any hope of the abundant life given to us in Jesus Christ.

 

Betrayers do not seek communion with God and others. This sinful influence brings forth weakness, infirmity and sleep (death) because they refuse to rightly discern our Lordís body.

 

My enemies speak evil against me, "When will he die, and his name perish?" (Psalm 41:5, NAS)

 

A betrayer speaks evil of his brother and desires his brotherís death. A betrayer speaks evil and desires that his brotherís identity be totally destroyed. A betrayer is obviously one who is self-seeking and flaunts his identity over the name of others.

 

And when he comes to see {me} he speaks falsehood; His heart gathers wickedness to itself; when he goes outside, he tells it. (Psalm 41:6, NAS)

 

In your presence, a betrayer speaks vain chatter while at the same time gathering iniquity in his heart. A betrayer when away from you will tell others of the wickedness which he has gathered in his heart while in your presence. A betrayer is disconnected from you even in your presence because his heart is gathering wickedness to itself.

 

All who hate me whisper together against me; against me they devise my hurt, {saying,} "A wicked thing is poured out upon him, that when he lies down, he will not rise up again." (Psalm 41:7,8 NAS)

 

A betrayer finds those of like heart and sows discord. These betrayers plan your hurt. These betrayers whisper and declare that a wicked thing would happen to you and that you would not arise again.

 

Even my close friend, in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. (Psalm 41:9, NAS)

 

In order to betray or give up something one must have first had it in their possession. This verse from Psalm 41:9 is quoted by Jesus concerning His betrayal by Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve Apostles (See John 13:18).

 

Jesus and Judas Iscariot had Godly relationship throughout all of the ministry of Jesus upon the earth until the point of actual betrayal. Jesus called Judas His friend even when encouraging Judas to do quickly the betrayal which had entered into his heart.

 

Jesus confirmed the pure relationship in which He and Judas walked when He said, ďFriend, {do} what you have come for. "Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him. (Matt 26:50, NAS) Also Psalm 41:9 confirms that Jesus trusted Judas.

 

A betrayer will disdain trusting relationships. There are probably many reasons yet to be discovered as to why Judas betrayed the trust of Jesus.

 

AWESOME BENEFITS FOR THOSE BETRAYED

 

10 But Thou, O LORD, be gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them.

11           By this I know that Thou art pleased with me, because my enemy does not shout in triumph over me.

12           As for me, Thou dost uphold me in my integrity, and Thou dost set me in Thy presence forever.

13           Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen, and Amen. (Psalm 41:10-13, NAS)

 

The wages of betrayal is death. The wages of communion with God and our brethren is life. The Lordís grace will constantly resurrect those in communion thereby righteously repaying the betrayer.

 

Betrayers will never shout in triumph over you and by this you can know that God is pleased with you. I am yet to see a betrayer in my life shout in triumph over me.

 

Integrity always makes the way for Godís people. Again, communion with God and the brethren (integrity - one with God and man) establishes the presence of the Lord forever.

 

We will forever and forever bless the Lord God of Israel.

 

Blessings

 

Gale Maiden

 

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