-Theme: All have sinned and become corrupted in the eyes of God. No one understands and seeks after the LORD. His salvation will come out of Zion (where Jesus was crucified). God will restore His captive people.
-*Application* Here is the doctrine of the depravity of man set to a psalm. We simply have no hope apart from the saving work of the LORD through Jesus Christ our Savior. This last verse is prophetic as to the place that God’s salvation would come from. Hallelujah, praise our suffering Servant and what He has done to save us wretched fools!
-Theme: A cry for salvation from the strangers, violent, and idolatrous (enemies of God). God will recompense and destroy evil in His faithfulness. He is the deliverer who gives us satisfaction.
-*Application* Too many times we fret over what evil people plot and plan against us. We have a tendency in our flesh to worry and stress over their schemes and tricks designed to make us look and feel bad. However, chapters like this one help us understand that God is observing and sees all that we are going through for righteousness sake. His judgment will eventually come and they will be destroyed if they do not turn to Him. This gives us confidence in continuing to do the right things in our sacrificial life unto Him.
-Theme: An expression of what it is like when a close friend does us wrong and hurts us. When this happens the burden is too difficult to carry alone.
-*Application* Wounds from a trusted friend create a restlessness and distraction that can be compared to nothing else. There is that incredible sense of let down when we realize that their intentions were selfish and deceitful. The point is that we should be very careful as to who we put our trust in. God is the One who is totally faithful. It should not surprise us when friends and loved ones let us down. Cease striving with situations like these and let God’s wrath be your vengeance. If you take an active role in retribution, the conflict inevitably increases and you are left bitter and angry. A better course of action is dynamic forgiveness. Trust in the LORD in these tough times and continue to demonstrate true and abiding love in the midst of disappointment. The key is in verse 22, “Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” Remember that He is with you if you keep His ways and your enemies will be taken care of in due time.
Verse to Memorize: Psalm 55:22