Psalm 143

Desparation

David cries out to God, begging for God to listen to him.   He gives detail about his situation and his reflection.   He doesn’t hide that he is desperate.  He wants God to answer him quickly.  He asks God to deliver him.   He praises God and asks from God at the same time.   Pretty crazy.  I feel like that nowadays too.  I feel helpless and desperate.   I have no one, nothing to turn to except God.  I want God to get me out of this situation ASAP.  But I must reflect and see how God has blessed me and been faithful.   Its hard to praise God when life is tough.   But it is easy to remember when God was good.


1 LORD, hear my prayer,
listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
come to my relief.
2 Do not bring your servant into judgment,
for no one living is righteous before you.
3 The enemy pursues me,
he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness
like those long dead.
4 So my spirit grows faint within me;
my heart within me is dismayed.
5 I remember the days of long ago;
I meditate on all your works
and consider what your hands have done.
6 I spread out my hands to you;
I thirst for you like a parched land.[a]

7 Answer me quickly, LORD;
my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.
9 Rescue me from my enemies, LORD,
for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.

11 For your name’s sake, LORD, preserve my life;
in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
destroy all my foes,
for I am your servant.

 

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