Rev. John Shank of Trinity Lutheran Church, Edwardsville, IL joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study and pray Psalm 142.
David was hidden in a cave and his spirit was faint. He prays out with complaints, trouble, and cries knowing full well that the LORD was his refuge, the One who delivers from prison, and God who is our portion in this world. We live in the reality that we believe, yet, we still struggle. The LORD gives us words to remember that in our loneliness and times of being fainthearted, He has not left us and He will deliver us. “LORD God, we cry to You and ask for mercy. You are our refuge will deliver me, and even though I am faint in heart and faith, fill us with Your Holy Spirit for You will deal bountifully with me. Lord have mercy. Amen”
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You Are My Refuge
A Maskil[a] of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.
142 With my voice I cry out to the Lord;
with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.
2 I pour out my complaint before him;
I tell my trouble before him.
3 When my spirit faints within me,
you know my way!
In the path where I walk
they have hidden a trap for me.
4 Look to the right and see:
there is none who takes notice of me;
no refuge remains to me;
no one cares for my soul.
5 I cry to you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.”
6 Attend to my cry,
for I am brought very low!
Deliver me from my persecutors,
for they are too strong for me!
7 Bring me out of prison,
that I may give thanks to your name!
The righteous will surround me,
for you will deal bountifully with me.
- Psalm 142:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
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