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Psalm 142 Mar. 19 A contemplation by David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.  1I cry with my voice to Yahweh, with my voice I ask Yahweh for mercy. 2I pour out my complaint before Him, I tell Him my troubles. 3When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, You knew my path. In the way in which I walk, they have hidden a snare for me. 4Look on my right hand and see; for there is no one who is concerned for me. Refuge has fled from me, no one cares for my soul. 5I cried to You, Yahweh. I said, You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living. 6Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than me. 7Bring my soul out of prison, that I may give thanks to Your name. The righteous will surround me, for You will be good to me.   


142:2 I tell Him my troubles- It’s therapeutic to tell God our life situation, saying it out loud or writing it down as David did. We know that He already knows, but this exercise is good because it enables us to feel we have opened up before Him. The chronic, existential loneliness of people today could be solved by this opening up to God.
142:4 No one cares for my soul- This was indeed how David felt and perhaps it was really so; and yet he recognized that there were a group of people in existence called “the righteous” (:7). Even if we feel none of God’s people are helping us as they should, it doesn’t mean they aren’t God’s people or that nobody at all is righteous apart from us.