Psalm 142

David's discouragement while in the cave
David expresses what he has done: * I cried unto the Lord, * I poured out my complaint, * I looked, * I cried unto thee. Then he asks for deliverance.
.1 ¶ <<Maschil of David; A Prayer when he was in the cave.>> I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication.
 2  I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.
 3  When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.

  1 - Cried ... with my voice Praying out loud helps us realize our connection with God ps10713.
  2 - Complaint From siach which also means "concern." David was not complaing about God but was expressing how he felt.
  3 - Thou knewest David realized that the Lord understood. He understands our discouragement, too. And He cares. See ps10713.
 4 ¶ I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.   4 - Right hand See ps12105.
 5  I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living. -
 6  Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.
.7  Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.
  7 - That I may praise It is well for us to praise God even before He brings us out of "prison." As we do, we are encouraged by the Holy Spirit. Of course, David could praise publicly when free from His oppression.
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