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Psalm 142; 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

Psalm 142; 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

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1. Background

(a) The Psalm is in a section of 8 Psalms that are in some way attributed to David (Psalms 138-145)

(b) A psalm attributed to a period in David’s life. A period when he was a forced fugitive, because of King Saul’s jealousy towards him

(c) There are two instances where this Psalm was possibly spoken:

(c1) Cave of Adullam (1 Samuel 22)
(c2) A cave in the Desert of En Gedi (1 Samuel 24)

(d) It is a prayer or plea that alludes to a court scene, the court of YHWH

2. The Psalm

(a) It is clear to whom he will appeal, it is to YHWH. The depth of the plea is evident in the expressions ‘cry out’, ‘appeal’, ‘pour out’ and ‘proclaim’

(b) He appeals for grace, there is nowhere else to turn. He is in a desperate situation. His intent is to grab YHWH’s attention towards him

(c) He is totally distraught and knows the omniscience of YHWH. It is a dangerous predicament he is in

(d) No one desires to get acquainted with him in his current situation

(e) Crying out to YHWH he expresses a sense of hope and security (Psalms 27:13, 116:9). It contrasts with Sheol, the land of the dead

(f) He is fainting in spirit because external circumstances are so threatening (1 Samuel 24:14, 2 Samuel 22:5-6)

(g) His prison was defined by the state of his mind, body and soul. He puts forth what he would do with his freedom (2 Samuel 22)

3. Christ and the Psalm

(a) Christ at Gethsemane was in something of the situation as the Psalmist was. Deeply distressed and troubled

(b) Betrayal, enemies in pursuit of him, his disciples weary and not watchful

(c) He looked to the Father and found strength to face the cross, the momentary alienation

4. Speaking to us today

As believer’s we are not immune to ‘cave’ and ‘prison’ like experiences

5. Take Away

When in distress call on the Lord and surround yourself with his people