Psalm 142

David was in a cave, fleeing from Saul. He was helpless and nobody cared for his life. He cried to the LORD for help.




A contemplation by David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.


VERSE 1. I cry with my voice to the LORD. With my voice, I ask the LORD for mercy.

I ask the LORD for mercy. David is pleading with the LORD.


VERSE 2. I pour out my complaint before him. I tell him my troubles.

I tell him my troubles. It is OK to complain to the LORD. However, some people are reluctant to do that. They feel it would not be holy, or that God couldn’t understand them. In the Bible, many of our heroes of the faith complain to God. As humans, we need to be able to vent about our troubles to somebody. Why not to God?

Hebrews 4:15. For we don’t have a high priest who can’t be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but one who has been in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin.


VERSE 3. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, you knew my route. On the path in which I walk, they have hidden a snare for me.

they have hidden a snare for me. They laid a trap for David. Wicked are always trying to trap others.


VERSE 4. Look on my right, and see; for there is no one who is concerned for me. Refuge has fled from me. No one cares for my soul.

No one cares for my soul. The people of the LORD God are prone to going astray. In those times, they need a godly shepherd to bring them back. Read more »


VERSE 5. I cried to you, LORD. I said, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”


VERSE 6. Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need. Deliver me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me.

they are too strong for me. Wicked people see the world in a Machiavellian way. Be strong, exploit other people, acquire power, grow rich at the expense of others.


VERSE 7. Bring my soul out of prison, that I may give thanks to your name. The righteous will surround me, for you will be good to me.


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