Psalm 143

Psalm 143

When we feel desperate, we pray to God!

Even the atheists shout out help from God when they are in desperate situations. How much more a believer would do that? David was in crises in his life many times. Every time when he was in desperate situation, he cried out to God.

“Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my supplications in your faithfulness; answer me in your righteousness. Do not enter into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you. For the enemy has pursued me, crushing my life to the ground, making me sit in darkness like those long dead. Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled.”

However, he did not just complain about his situation. He remembered all the good things that God had done for him. Those memories gave him new strength.

“I remember the days of old,   I think about all your deeds,  I meditate on the works of your hands. I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah”

Then now he prayed to God with confidence. The God who saved him once will save him again!

“Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me, or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit. Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Save me, O Lord, from my enemies; I have fled to you for refuge.

Now he was able to plan a future when he praised God’s name and did God’s works!

“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. Let your good spirit lead me on a level path. For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life. In your righteousness bring me out of trouble. In your steadfast love cut off my enemies, and destroy all my adversaries, for I am your servant.”

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About biblepreacher

United Methodist Church Pastor. My wife, Hysung Hong Lee, is also a UMC pastor and my Son, Hozeh, and Daughter, Hoyon, are college students.
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