Psalm 55 was written by David after he was betrayed by a close friend named Ahithophel. This connects Psalm 55 with the rebellion of Absalom, David’s son. Some see this Psalm as looking ahead to Jesus’ betrayal by Judas.
David’s Prayer of Distress (1-8) David is asking God to hear his prayer and not withdraw Himself (1-2). This is figurative language where David does not want to lose the sense of God’s presence. The word “restless” means to wander about or to run wild. He is desperately seeking God’s help. David tells God the source of his distress (3). The word “oppression” is the idea of a heavy weight bearing down upon David.