Psalms 142-145

Psalm 142 – A Plaintive Prayer For Deliverance From Powerful Enemies–When Powerless, Alone And Without Reguge
Psalm 143 – A Prayer For Deliverance From Enemies And For Divine Leading
Psalm 144 – A Prayer For Deliverance From Treacherous Enemies, Composed In The Mode Of A Royal Prayer
Psalm 145 – A Magnificent Hymn To The Lord, The Great King

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One Reply to “Psalms 142-145”

  1. Psalm 142:5 “I cry to you, Lord; I say, ‘You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.'” Even when all others fail, the Lord is there, the Lord is there. The subtitle in the NIV Study Bible, “When [David] was in the cave,” provides a great setting for this psalm, this prayer.

    Psalm 143:8, “Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” This is my daily prayer. We’re in an odd season, incredibly blessed, yet unsure of what lies ahead. David’s prayer here is during a much more difficult time, a time when he was running, doing his best to avoid confrontation as he waited for the promise. “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground” (143:10). This is my prayer, not from a position of desperation, but from one of confidence that God will answer and lead me on the path that best serves his great purpose.  Not because I’m worthy of any position, because he is great and worthy of praise. I’m just one of the many small parts in the mighty engine that drives the train, each has a purpose, I pray I will perform my part with all my heart.

    Psalm 144:3, “Lord, what are human beings that you care for them, mere mortals that you think of them?” It’s humbling to dwell on this question, puts me in my place. If there is any trouble with pride in my life, this is the question that should come to mind then all my arrogance, all my vain pride goes out the window. Compared to God I am nothing, but he cares for me and he cares for each and everyone one of us.

    Psalm 145:3, “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.” It is the desire of my heart to praise the Lord in all that I do and say, in every thought and every deed. I know that I fall short of this great desire, but I will continue to work toward this end, not in despair, but living in the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Lord, help me to think of you first before anything else, to remember the truth, that your greatness is beyond understanding and your love for all is enough for all. “He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them” (145:19). Amen.

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