Day 16 Psalm 142:1-7 A Plea for Relief from Persecutors
（Memorization Scripture: vv. 5- 7）
A Contemplation of David. A Prayer when he was in the cave.
1 I cry out to the Lord with my voice;
With my voice to the Lord I make my supplication.
2 I pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare before Him my trouble.
3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,
Then You knew my path.
In the way in which I walk
They have secretly set a snare for me.
4 Look on my right hand and see,
For there is no one who acknowledges me;
Refuge has failed me;
No one cares for my soul.
5 I cried out to You, O Lord:
I said, “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 stronger than I.
7 Bring my soul out of prison,
That I may praise Your name;
The righteous shall surround me,
For You shall deal bountifully with me.”
Today’s Psalm is a prayer by David when he was in the cave in time of persecution by Saul. In this psalm, David pleaded his complaint and trouble to God, and declared his loneliness, weakness, and helplessness while enemies tried to overtake him. But when he turned to God, he could declare in faith that “You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.” (v5) David believed that God will incline His ear and hear his words, and that God Himself, will ‘Bring my (David’s) soul out of prison’ (v7), and “The righteous shall surround me (David)”(v7). And therefore, the psalmist praised the name of the Lord, and gave thanks for God having dealt so graciously with him. We shall be reminded, by the experiences of David, that no matter which hardship we are going through, we should look upon God with a humble heart like David’s, and put faith in Him that He will deliver us out of all troubles, for He is our refuge and portion, and also our salvation. Together we praise His name!
Day 16 詩篇142:1-7在困境中向 神哀告，盼望可以在脫離患難之後感謝祂
【心得分享】本篇是大衛逃避掃羅時，在洞中所作的訓誨詩。在本詩中，大衛向耶和華哀告他的苦情和患難，並陳訴自己被敵人追殺的孤單、軟弱和無助。他一無隱瞞的告訴他的 神，這些仇敵比他強盛，他現在的景況到了極卑之地。但是，他還是能在信心裡宣告說：「袮是我的避難所；在活人之地，袮是我的福分！」他相信 神會側耳而聽他的呼求，親自「領他出離被囚之地」，並使義人環繞他，用厚恩待他。藉著大衛的經歷，提醒我們無論處在什麼困境，甚至心裡發昏、絕望，都要真實地到 神面前傾心吐意，並堅信祂必能帶領我們脫離一切困境；有一天，我還要來稱謝祂！