The Journey - January 28, 2016

The Journey with Ron Moore

Alone. Afraid. Desperate. | Psalm 142

Today’s Passage: Psalm 142
Key Verses: Psalm 142:4b-7a

I have no refuge; no one cares for my life. I cry to you, LORD; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name.

David was on the run and the enemy was closing in. He felt alone, “no one cares for my life.” His situation was urgent, “I am in desperate need.” The opposition was too strong from him. Death was certain unless God intervened. David cried for God’s mercy. He prayed to be set “free from my prison.” David was sitting alone, afraid and desperate in a cave.

Some of you can relate all too well. An illness, a job loss, a relationship heartbreak, abandonment, grief — a significant life situation has imprisoned you. You sense the enemy pursuing you and closing in fast. Like David you are sitting alone, afraid and desperate in your personal cave.

And…like David you can “cry aloud to the Lord.” Ask God for his mercy. Pour out your complaint before him. Tell him your trouble. He cares for you when no one seems concerned. He is your Refuge when there is no place of protection. He is your defender when you are helpless. He is your strength when the enemy is too strong. He is your freedom when you are alone, afraid and desperate in your personal cave.

Father, my prayer is David’s. You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living. Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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