Psalm 143: More Help against Opposition
psalm of David.
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.]
David calls on the Lord in prayer, trusting in God's attributes
Lord, hear my prayer,
listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
come to my relief.
He pleads for forgiveness and mercy
not bring your servant into judgment,
for no one living is righteous before
His specific need to deliverance from a pursuing enemy
enemy pursues me,
he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness
like those long dead.
It has left him feeling weak and downhearted
my spirit grows faint within me;
my heart within me is dismayed.
He remembers what God has done for him in the past
remember the days of long ago;
I meditate on all your works
and consider what your hands have done.
Feeling faint he pleads for God to answer
spread out my hands to you;
I thirst for you like a parched land.
me quickly, Lord;
my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
or I will be like those who go down to
He needs to hear from the Lord, to receive His guidance
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.
Very simply, he needs the Lord to rescue him
me from my enemies, Lord,
for I hide myself in you.
But he wants to remain righteous before the Lord
me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.
He asks the Lord to preserve him and keep him
your name's sake, Lord, preserve my life;
in your righteousness, bring me out of
He appeals to the Lord's love to deal with his enemies
your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
destroy all my foes,
for I am your servant.
Comments: Trials and testings continue to drive David
into God's arms.]
to Psa 144