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Frameworks: Psalm 143: More Help against Opposition


A psalm of David.


[Preliminary Comments: Something of this psalm echoes the previous one. Verses 3 & 9 could be his feeling about Saul chasing him to escape in a cave. He calls on the Lord [v.1] with a sense that this could be disciplinary judgment [v.2] as his enemy chases him [v.3] leaving him feeling downcast [v.4]. As he thinks on the past [v.5] it encourages him to pray for God's help [v.6,7]. He would like a word of encouragement to come quickly [v.8] and while he prays for the Lord to rescue him [v.9] he has a sense of a greater need, to know God's will and guidance [v.10] which may be the way he can receive deliverance, and God be honoured and glorified [v.11]. His final plea is on the basis of God's love for him [v.12]. Another prayer for deliverance from enemies.]



v.1 David calls on the Lord in prayer, trusting in God's attributes


v.1   Lord, hear my prayer,
    listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
    come to my relief.

v.2 He pleads for forgiveness and mercy


v.2  Do not bring your servant into judgment,
    for no one living is righteous before you.

v.3 His specific need to deliverance from a pursuing enemy


v.3  The enemy pursues me,
    he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness
    like those long dead.

v.4 It has left him feeling weak and downhearted


v.4  So my spirit grows faint within me;
    my heart within me is dismayed.

v.5 He remembers what God has done for him in the past


v.5  I remember the days of long ago;
    I meditate on all your works
    and consider what your hands have done.

v.6,7 Feeling faint he pleads for God to answer


v.6  I spread out my hands to you;
    I thirst for you like a parched land.

v.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.

v.8 He needs to hear from the Lord, to receive His guidance


v.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.

v.9 Very simply, he needs the Lord to rescue him


v.9  Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
    for I hide myself in you.

v.10 But he wants to remain righteous before the Lord


v.10  Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
    lead me on level ground.


v.11 He asks the Lord to preserve him and keep him


v.11  For your name's sake, Lord, preserve my life;
    in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.

v.12 He appeals to the Lord's love to deal with his enemies


v.12  In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
    destroy all my foes,
    for I am your servant.



[Additional Comments: Trials and testings continue to drive David into God's arms.]



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