Is David Bi-Polar?

Psalm 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.

David once again is crying out to the Lord, asking him to listen.  He does not want God to hide Himself the request that he has. Sometimes I think in today’s world David would be considered bi-polar. He goes back and forth from being glad and rejoicing, to Lord do you hear me, to being on his death bed,  and then to praising Him. The whole range of emotions seem to be in many of the Psalms. But this just shows us that David is human just like we are. This should give us hope that we share all of our thoughts and emotions and God will hear us.

Ge asks the Lord to attend to him, to take care of him and hear him. And then he talks about mourning in his complaint.  He’s actually in mourning because of the voice of his enemies. How is that mourning?  Doesn’t mourning typically have something to do with death?  He says it because of the dee[ sorrow he feels because they are casting iniquity on him and they are very angry with him. That’s why he wants God to hear him.  That’s why he’s complaining right now

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.

David describes how he’s feeling to God. I have to admit I don’t do that very often. Of course it’s not too often that I have enemies coming against me and I’m stressed because of it. I tend to keep a positive attitude through anything and I know that God is always there to bring me relief. But this is a wonderful reminder that, when we go to God, we can be honest with Him about our feelings and the way that we truly see things. I think too often we hold back on telling God exactly how we feel. This ought not to be so. God wants to know if we have a grasp on what’s going on in our lives. Sure, He knows everything, but I’m sure He wonders sometimes if we really know where we are.

So let’s look at some of the things David says.  His heart is in pain, the terrors of death have fallen upon him, he’s fearful and he’s trembling and horror has overwhelmed him. That sounds pretty devastating to me. I have to admit I don’t think I’ve ever had fear overwhelm me before, David says he wishes he could just fly away or wander off and hide out in the wilderness.  He wanted to get out of there as fast as he could. He wanted to get away from this enemy that was bothering him something fierce.

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.

He talks a little bit about what his enemies have done and he askd God to destroy and divide their tongues. To me this seems like a reference back to the Tower of Babel where God confused their language so if they couldn’t communicate (Genesis 11). He tells God that the mischief is day and night – it just never stops.  His sorrow in the middle of it is due to the wickedness, deceit and guile constantly surrounding him. Seems like the enemy is getting the best of David, doesn’t it?

Starting in verse 12 we see why this is not an enemy that it was a reproach to him.  It wast somebody that aided him well and did not magnify themselves against him. But it was somebody his equal. My guess is this was written about Absalom his son. They took counsel together and walked in the house of God together. But now we have David asking God to seize upon them aso that they’ll go down quick because of their wickedness.  It seems to me it was somebody very close to David that he’s talking about here and he’s heartbroken that somebody that close to him would turn against him. I know my wife had an incident a couple years ago where her best friend all of a sudden became my worst enemy with no explanation. That person is still mean and intolerable to my wife. We don’t know why and my wife doesn’t want to confront her, so she lives with it and it drives her crazy, and drives me crazy every day.

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.

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

I lumped the end of this psalm all together because it works best that way.  Here we see David in his other bipolar state saying he’s going to call on the Lord because the Lord will save him. Seems to me it wasn’t that long ago that David was ready to run away and hide. Not too long ago he was pleading with the Lord to hear him.  Now he says when I cry and when I call, God will hear me. He has delivered me before and given me peace and God will hear me again and defeat my enemy. We can trust in past victories to know that God’s going to come through for us.  That’s what I love about God – He doesn’t change.  He delivered us before  and He’ll deliver us again.

David talks about an enemy that put forth his hands against those are at peace. And then he says the enemy has broken his covenant and they that fear God. He talked a good talk but war was in his heart. We see these kind of people all the time  They’re real nice to your face and they speak nicely but as soon as they get away from you war is in their mouth. Such people shouldn’t be regarded as friends because they really aren’t.  Too often we allow these people to hurt us because we try to stay close to them even though we know they’re back biting us

David said we should cast our burdens on the Lord and He will sustain us. He will not let the righteous be moved. What a comforting thing for David to say in the close of this psalm. Do you have burdens that you need to give to the Lord today? He can handle the big and small ones. And if it regards somebody who is coming against you God will take care of them if you just trust in him to do that. Let those burdens go and allow God to work a miracle in your life


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