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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 143

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Fifth Book of Psalms (c 107-150)
Message: Praying Through Depression (v 1-12)

Psalms 143 Commentary 

(143:7) Depression - David was losing hope, caught in paralyzing fear and deep depression. At times we feel caught in deepening depression, and we are unable to pull ourselves out. At those times, we can come to the Lord and, like David, express our true feelings. Then he will help us as we remember his works (143:5), reach out to him in prayer (43.6), trust him (143:8), and pursue his will (4310). In some cases, however, depression becomes more than we can handle alone through normal means. Depression has reached epidemic proportions in families and churches. If we are unable to pull ourselves out, then we must seek counsel and professional help. If depression lingers, don't hesitate to reach out for help. God offers his help to us in many ways, including through his Word, his Holy Spirit, and other people who are trained to offer godly wisdom and counsel. 

(143:10) God's Power - David's prayer was to be taught to do God's will, not his own. Prayers for guidance are self-centered if we don't recognize God's power to redirect our lives. Asking God to restructure our priorities awakens our minds and stirs our wills.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

A Prayer Away

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 Psalms with Chapter 143. Today's text shows the theme of prayer amid hopelessness and depression. In applying, we see that the Lord is always with us if we are saved. When our situations seem overwhelming, we can focus on our problem or the one who can solve our problem, the Lord Himself. How about you? Do you get depressed or overwhelmed when facing issues in your life? Let us learn from our Psalm and Text today to remember that our Lord is with us in the midst of our problems and is just a prayer away since He lives in the believer's heart.


Psalm 143

Psalm 143

 1Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.

 2And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

 3For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.

 4Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.

 5I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.

 6I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.

 7Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.

 8Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

 9Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.

 10Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

 11Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.

 12And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.