Meditating on Psalm 142

Psalm 142

A maskil 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 my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble.

3 When my spirit grows faint within me,it is you who know my way.
In the path where I walk
men have hidden a snare for me.
4 Look to my right and see;no one is concerned for me.
I have no refuge;
no one cares for my life.

5 I cry to you, O 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.

Here is a commentary that I found and wanted to share:   Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the Bible

142:1-7 David’s comfort in prayer. – There can be no situation so distressing or dangerous, in which faith will not get comfort from God by prayer. We are apt to show our troubles too much to ourselves, poring upon them, which does us no service; whereas, by showing them to God, we might cast the cares upon him who careth for us, and thereby ease ourselves. Nor should we allow any complaint to ourselves or others, which we cannot make to God. When our spirits are overwhelmed by distress, and filled with discouragement; when we see snares laid for us on every side, while we walk in his way, we may reflect with comfort that the Lord knoweth our path. Those who in sincerity take the Lord for their God, find him all-sufficient, as a Refuge, and as a Portion: every thing else is a refuge of lies, and a portion of no value. In this situation David prayed earnestly to God. We may apply it spiritually; the souls of believers are often straitened by doubts and fears. And it is then their duty and interest to beg of God to set them at liberty, that they may run the way of his commandments. Thus the Lord delivered David from his powerful persecutors, and dealt bountifully with him. Thus he raised the crucified Redeemer to the throne of glory, and made him Head over all things for his church. Thus the convinced sinner cries for help, and is brought to praise the Lord in the company of his redeemed people; and thus all believers will at length be delivered from this evil world, from sin and death, and praise their Saviour for ever. 

I really love reading the Psalms, there is so much comfort and reality in them.  They speak to our pain, our uncertainty, our hopes, dreams, fears, and above all our faith in God our creator and our refuge.  They help to remind us of His Power and His never-ending, unfailing love for us.  When I titled my blog “Desperate for more of Him“, it was very honest.  I didn’t have to sit here for hours conjuring up a nifty blog title to get readers attention.  I wanted it to display my heart and what God has continually been doing in me.  I am in love with surrender, with brokenness, and having the desire of my heart to chase after Him who created me for great things.  It is now these great things that I long to discover.  What does He have for me?  What work am I suppose to be doing here and now to prepare for my role in heaven?  This is the most exciting question anyone could have.   How does He want to use me and the gifts He’s given me to further His kingdom?  There is much silence and stillness in my walk with Him, but I have learned to appreciate the silence.  I know that He is always working behind the scenes of my life, and my job is to be still and know; to cooperate with whatever He wants to do.  In this season of Advent which is drawing to a close, we have waited and anticipated the coming of our Lord Jesus, to come down and be Emanuel, God With Us.  He is still with us, He is always with us.  May we cry out in surrender and trust, arms wide open to cradle the baby, and embrace the savior of our world.  May you be blessed as you Celebrate Jesus this season.  May He come and renew your lives; giving you life, giving you the hope of salvation, the peace, joy, and comfort in the hard times; because yes, there will be heartache and pain for us all, but we can stand strong knowing our God reigns above all.  Come Emanuel, burn your Spirit onto our hearts, Come God, Be With Us, and Let us trust you with all that we are and what you woul have us to be for your Glory!


3 thoughts on “Meditating on Psalm 142

  1. I live the psalms too–one of my favorites is psalm 13–you are full of so much wisdom robin–may your inspiration and growth continue throughout 2009.

  2. God bless and keep you my friend. May your Christmas be filled with Love, Joy, Peace and Happiness. May your day filled be with love! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my friend. Love you!

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