I cry aloud to the Lord; I plead aloud to the Lord for mercy. I pour out my complaint before Him; I reveal my trouble to Him. Although my spirit is weak within me, You know my way. Along this path I travel they have hidden a trap for me. Look to the right and see: no one stands up for me; there is no refuge for me; no one cares about me (Psalm 142 vv. 1-4).
David’s circumstances couldn’t be worse! He is hiding out in a cave with the murderous King Saul in hot pursuit. David is utterly helpless and alone. His prayer is more of a demand than a polite request. He is crying “aloud,” literally shouting at God!
Every trail and road is mined and booby-trapped, and David is spooked. He’s afraid to make a single move! Isolated, he feels that “no one cares” (v. 4).
I understand this feeling. As long as I can remember, I’ve been quiet, introverted, high-strung, and overly sensitive. You probably wouldn’t be able to tell from observing me, but deep inside is a fragile persona. There are times when I feel that I might as well drop out because no one cares. It’s the price one pays for having the volume turned up too high on life!
David has “no refuge” (v. 4), no place and no one but God. Actually, that’s exactly where the Lord wants us. The best place to be is in a position of absolute dependence on God. Most of us still believe we can make it on our own strength, that we make life work on our own. The real truth is that he gives us the power to do everything we do. “You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant” (Deut. 8:17—18). Some people aren’t blessed because they’re depending too much on their own talent.
O Lord, I’m only too conscious of my weakness and vulnerability. Please show me your strength at the point of my deepest need!
An Appropriate Gospel Song
No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus
No one ever cared for me like Jesus
There’s no other friend so kind as He;
No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
O how much he cared for me!
Words and music by C. F. Weigle.
© 1932. Renewal 1959 by John T. Benson Jr.
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