Psalm 142 – Prayer

Introduction:  Let’s read I Samuel 22:1-2 to give us a feel for the historical context of David’s desperate prayer for God’s help.   Prayer is such a privilege.  Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” May we like David turn our worry into confident prayerful trust in the Lord our Refuge!

1. Honesty in prayer – vs.1-2

2. Feebleness in prayer – vs.3

Luke 18:1-8

3. Loneliness in prayer – vs.4

4. Comfort in prayer – vs.5

Define Refuge:

5. Requests in prayer – vs.6-7a

6. Hope in prayer – vs.7

Does David expect his prayers to be answered?

Do you expect your prayers to be answered?

James 1:5-8

Selected Quotation:

“TITLE. Maschil of David. This Maschil is written for our instruction. It teaches us principally by example how to order our prayer in times of distress. Such instruction is among the most needful, practical, and effectual parts of our spiritual education. He who has learned how to pray has been taught the most useful of the arts and sciences. The disciples said unto the Son of David, “Lord, teach, us to pray”; and here David gives us a valuable lesson by recording his own experience as to supplication from beneath a cloud.

A Prayer when he was in the cave. He was in one of his many lurking places, either Engedi, Adullam, or some other lone cavern wherein he could conceal himself from Saul and his blood hounds. Caves make good closets for prayer; their gloom and solitude are helpful to the exercise of devotion. Had David prayed as much in his palace as he did in his cave, he might never have fallen into the act which brought such misery upon his later days.

SUBJECT. There can be little doubt that this song dates from the days when Saul was sorely persecuting David, and David himself was in soul trouble, probably produced by that weakness of faith which led him to associate with heathen princes. His fortunes were evidently at their lowest, and, what was worse, his repute had fearfully fallen; yet he displayed a true faith in God, to whom he made known his pressing sorrows. The gloom of the cave is over the psalm, and yet as if standing at the mouth of it the prophet poet sees a bright light a little beyond.” – C. H. Spurgeon

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