Let’s look at how David responds to betrayal. We will look at how David responds to betrayal, then how Jesus responds to it, and then how we should respond. Notice first that David expresses sorrow over the circumstances in which he finds himself.
(1-2) David knew that this circumstance was a difficult one and that his betrayer was soon to come. He wept over the circumstance as he passed through the Kidron valley going towards the Mount of Olives. Jesus walked that same road through the Kidron valley following his prayer with many tears for He knew his betrayer was soon to come. In both cases, the betrayer was someone close to the king. David’s betrayer was his own son and Jesus’ betrayer was one of His closest disciples. David even exclaims that people are saying God cannot even help him. What was it that Christ said on the cross? “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Feelings of abandonment and aloneness at times are very real and very painful.
Sorrow over circumstances is not wrong. There are those who make it seem that to shed tears over circumstances in life is to not trust in God. That is false. Sorrow over bad circumstances is a normal thing that Christ did at the tomb of His friend and in the garden before He went to the cross. There is nothing wrong with sorrow over circumstances. However, that sorrow must be kept in perspective!
Hope in the Psalms
While sorrow over circumstances isn’t wrong, we must keep our sorrow in perspective. Remember: what is true about God is true about God no matter how I feel. Find courage to look at your circumstances through theological eyes, informed by the Scriptures.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. (Psalm 34:18-19 ESV)