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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 142

avid'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.

David Burnette's Life Application

Our Refuge

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalm with Chapter 142. In our text today we see theme of prayer when overwhelmed and desperate. How God is our refuge. In making application we see that when we feel cornered by our enemies, only God can keep us safe. How about you? Do you feel cornered by your enemies? Let us learn from our Psalm and Text today to remember that God is our refuge, an ever present help in our time of Need, so we can call out to Him knowing He hears us and will deliver us.


Psalm 142

Psalm 142

 1I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication.

 2I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.

 3When 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.

 4I 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.

 5I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.

 6Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.

 7Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.