Psalm 142:6

Psalm 142:6

March 03, 2020 – Tuesday

Psalm 142:6   NKJV

Attend to my cry, For I am brought very low;
Deliver me from my persecutors, For they are stronger than I.


The title for this Psalm in the NKJV is A Contemplation of David. A Prayer when he was in the cave. However, J.M. Boice suggests the word translated as Contemplation would be better translated as Instruction. That would then give us A Psalm of Instruction because of the good lessons he had himself learned in the cave, learned on his knees, and so learned that he desired to teach others (according to Matthew Henry).

Whether it is A Contemplation of David or A Psalm of Instruction our verse above clearly shows this is a terrible time for David. He feels lost and as if his time is short as if his persecutors are closing in on him without any escape. What is he to do? He does the one thing he can do, he cries out to God. Look at the very next and last verse of this Psalm

 Bring my soul out of prison,
That I may praise Your name;
The righteous shall surround me,
For You shall deal bountifully with me.

There is no sense of David’s being able to help himself here. To survive he requires God’s help. Only God can bring him out of his hapless prison without hope. God is his hope, his only hope. That hope is very real to David and he hopes, nay expects, deliverance so the he may once again praise Your name – God’s name. Compare this to how David began this Psalm with seemingly no confidence at all

I cry out to the Lord with my voice;
With my voice to the Lord I make my supplication.

 I pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare before Him my trouble.

But just before we get to our verse of the day we begin to see a real change in David as his confidence begins to return as he calls out to God

I cried out to You, O Lord:
I said, “You are my refuge,
My portion in the land of the living.

The last portion of verse seven shows us the result of David’s calling upon the Lord. He sees better days ahead, his confidence in the Lord rescuing him shows in his words

The righteous shall surround me,
For You shall deal bountifully with me.

In the NIV it reads as

Then the righteous will gather about me
because of Your goodness to me.

There is one clear message here, when it is darkest, when all seems lost, then is the time to call upon and trust in God. We can trust in Him. David did and wants us to know we can do the same.

RileyD, nwJ

Riley D. Driver – Pastor

Calvary Chapel of Dayton