It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006


Psalm 142

I pour out my complaint before him;
Before him I tell my trouble.
When my spirit grows faint with in me
It is you who know my way

Verses 2&3

David had fled from a jealouse king and was separated from his new wife and best friend and forced to beg bread from the priest of Nob.

In 1 Samuel 22 we read that
Then he left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam.

His brothers and those who were in distress or debt or discontented gathered with him and he became their leader.

David wrote Psalm 142 after entering this cave. This Psalm offers some insights into David’s heart which provide an example for all of us.

First of all when he was overwhelmed with unfair treatment and difficult circumstances, he prayed. Next he cried outloud. There is no better outlet than crying out loud to God.

The third insight we read about is that he poured out his complaint to God . We too can tell God our troubles. In Psalm 62: 8 he encourages others to Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

In Psalm 142:3 he said When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who know my way.

God does know our ways. He is always there to help and guide us.

David longed for God’s presence. God always responded to David’s cry for help.

We need to be specific and personal in our prayer lives and cry out to God just as David did

God needed to bring David to this lowly position before He could raise him up to stand on solid ground. We will see David rise to be a great ruler, a forerunner of the King of Kings.

I know that times of distress and devastation come in to our lives. I have experienced a few of those moments. In my distress I cried out to the Lord, trusting that he would help me to overcome and go on with my life.

In tomorrow’s study we’ll see more about the fall of King Saul.

‘On Ya’ - ma

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