Friday, November 8th, 2013

Psalm 142. David is crying out to God in distress – how can our prayers when we are in trouble or alone mirror this Psalm? How does David acknowledge he is not alone?

Psalm 142[a]

A maskil[b] of David. When he was in the cave. A prayer.

1 I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. 2 I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble. 3 When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me. 4 Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life. 5 I cry to you, Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” 6 Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. 7 Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me. Footnotes:

Psalm 142:1 In Hebrew texts 142:1-7 is numbered 142:2-8. Psalm 142:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term