Praying Psalm 142


Psalm 142 touched me deeply this morning.  In recent years I have often felt how David does in this Psalm.

It is so comforting to pray a Psalm when I don’t know what to pray sometimes.

To remember that I can cry out to God- be honest with Himpour out all that I think and feel– and find comfort and shelter in our Savior and God.

Psalm 142 (The Message)

1-2 I cry out loudly to God,
    loudly I plead with God for mercy.
I spill out all my complaints before him,
    and spell out my troubles in detail:

3-7 “As I sink in despair, my spirit ebbing away,
    you know how I’m feeling,
Know the danger I’m in,
    the traps hidden in my path.
Look right, look left—
    there’s not a soul who cares what happens!
I’m up against it, with no exit—
    bereft, left alone.
I cry out, God, call out:
    ‘You’re my last chance, my only hope for life!’
Oh listen, please listen;
    I’ve never been this low.
Rescue me from those who are hunting me down;
    I’m no match for them.
Get me out of this dungeon
    so I can thank you in public.
Your people will form a circle around me
    and you’ll bring me showers of blessing!”


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3 Responses to Praying Psalm 142

  1. Eileen says:

    Beautiful translation!

  2. Emily Cook says:

    God gives us His Word for this reason! We are children, and He teaches us how to pray! :)

    • Rachel says:

      Yes! Amen. Praying Scripture has become one of my favorite things this year. Claiming God’s promises for my friends and family- and using God’s Word to direct my prayer life, especially in those moments when I don’t know what to pray.

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