Thursday 31 January, 2019

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 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.

This Psalm highlights King David’s close relationship with God. Because of this relationship he acknowledges that in every difficult and/or dangerous situation he has faced during his life his LORD has always been there for him. Even when he is hiding out in a cave to escape his enemies he has no hesitation in crying out to God and expressing his despair openly.

For us the question is – Who is God in our daily life? Where is God when impossible situations arise? What do I expect from Him? Unless we have a similar intimacy with God our Father; unless we know what He is like, we are less likely to believe that He is deeply interested in our daily experiences.

If one aspect of prayer is conversation with God then it is extremely important that we should be honest with Him, holding nothing back. God is fully aware of our situation; He knows exactly how we are feeling. So, let it out!

No matter where you look sometimes it’s difficult to find one person who cares about what you are going through, but God cares, His love is unconditional, He wants to help.

It is so important to share what God has done in our lives. We never know who might be waiting on hearing our experience.

You, Lord are my only hiding place; You are all I have; my only hope in this life; my last chance for help. Lord help me to be sensitive to the needs of others, and reveal what You want to say in each and every circumstance.

Written by Keith Bennett

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