Read:  Psalm 142

I cry aloud to the Lord;
    I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.
I pour out before him my complaint;
    before him I tell my trouble.  Psalm 142:1 -2

This psalm was most likely written by David during the time he was running from Saul and hiding in caves. What a heartfelt and desperate prayer it is!

I can only imagine how incredibly defeated and lonely he felt. After all, David hadn’t campaigned to be the next king. God had sought HIM out. He hadn’t asked God to make him Saul’s successor. David had defeated Goliath, had played music for Saul and had brought him comfort, he had befriended Saul’s son and had even married Saul’s daughter. And Saul wanted him dead. How unjust his hatred must have felt to David.

David understandably felt desperate, alone and frustrated. We may never have to hide in a cave fearing for our lives, but there are occasions in life when we can feel alone, afraid, forgotten, misunderstood and unjustly treated.

But God knows. God sees. God IS our refuge. He IS our provider, our rescuer, our portion, and defender. And He is just as available to us in the deepest and darkest of caves as He is when we are worshipping Him in church. Our God sees all of it and He is faithful to hear our prayers.

When you find yourself down in deep darkness, know that you are not the first God follower to desperately need God’s help. Know that He willingly, and lovingly makes Himself available for you for support, help, and even survival.

Father, you are so faithful. When I feel like I can’t rely on anyone or anything else, I can always rely on you. Thank you that you are my refuge and help. Thank you that your word says I will find you when I search for you with all of my heart. In those times of despair, turn my heart to you, my faithful and mighty Father. Amen

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