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Psalm 142

Prayer for Deliverance from Persecutors

A Maskil of David. When he was in the cave. A Prayer.

1

With my voice I cry to the Lord;

with my voice I make supplication to the Lord.

2

I pour out my complaint before him;

I tell my trouble before him.

3

When my spirit is faint,

you know my way.

 

In the path where I walk

they have hidden a trap for me.

4

Look on my right hand and see—

there is no one who takes notice of me;

no refuge remains to me;

no one cares for me.

 

5

I cry to you, O Lord;

I say, “You are my refuge,

my portion in the land of the living.”

6

Give heed to my cry,

for I am brought very low.

 

Save me from my persecutors,

for they are too strong for me.

7

Bring me out of prison,

so that I may give thanks to your name.

The righteous will surround me,

for you will deal bountifully with me.


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Verses 5–10

We should be ready to welcome the rebuke of our heavenly Father, and also the reproof of our brethren. It shall not break my head, if it may but help to break my heart: we must show that we take it kindly. Those who slighted the word of God before, will be glad of it when in affliction, for that opens the ear to instruction. When the world is bitter, the word is sweet. Let us lift our prayer unto God. Let us entreat him to rescue us from the snares of Satan, and of all the workers of iniquity. In language like this psalm, O Lord, would we entreat that our poor prayers should set forth our only hope, our only dependence on thee. Grant us thy grace, that we may be prepared for this employment, being clothed with thy righteousness, and having all the gifts of thy Spirit planted in our hearts.




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