Bible Reading: Psalm 142
I cry aloud with my voice to the Lord;
I make supplication with my voice to the Lord.
2 I pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare my trouble before Him.
3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,
You knew my path.
In the way where I walk
They have hidden a trap for me.
4 Look to the right and see;
For there is no one who regards me;
There is no escape for me;
No one cares for my soul.
5 I cried out to You, O Lord;
I said, “You are my refuge,
My portion in the land of the living.
6 “Give heed to my cry,
For I am brought very low;
Deliver me from my persecutors,
For they are too strong for me.
7 “Bring my soul out of prison,
So that I may give thanks to Your name;
The righteous will surround me,
For You will deal bountifully with me.”
The context of this psalm is 1 Samuel 22:1–2. David is imprisoned in a cave and fearing for his life. He cries out loudly to God, spelling out his troubles and pleading for mercy (Psalm 142:1–2, CEV). He prays: ‘Rescue me from this prison, so I can praise your name. And when your people notice your wonderful kindness to me, they will rush to my side.’ (v.7, CEV).
David longs to be able to praise God for answering his prayers and rescuing him. He promises that if he is rescued he will turn it back to worship and gather others together to celebrate God’s goodness. It is important to remember to celebrate answered prayers – to praise God’s name and celebrate his goodness.
As you read this psalm, think back to the ‘troubles’ and situations for which you cried out to God for mercy and help. Is it not amazing to see the way in which He answered these prayers?
Lord, thank you that you have listened to our cries when we have been in desperate need and you have rescued us! Lord, again today we cry out and plead for your mercy and grace as we give you our praise for exalt Your Holy Name!
Weekly Memory Verse: The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. Psalm 145.8