I cry aloud to the Lord

I cry aloud to the Lord!!!

--I am in a cave in desperate need—

Imagine yourself trying to run for your life. You are persecuted after doing something good in your life. What you want and need is to find a refuge where to find some rest for your body, mind, and spirit. Now, you finally find a cave to hide. Apparently you have found a refuge.

Well, David, later King David, was in a situation like that. Maybe worse, because it was King Saul the one who wanted to kill him. David was running for his life when he got to the cave of Adullam. There, his family met him along with about four hundred people with many problems (distress, debt, and discontentment).

Amid this situation, David wrote Psalm 142, among others:

1.       Asking for mercy. Yes, mercy!!! He himself expressed in 143:2 “Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.” When we find out how fragile our lives are in the midst of distress, we want an anchor to hold on to during the storm: His mercy. We can never come close to God based on our righteousness. Jesus gives us an example in Luke 18:9-14. We might cry out like that blind man at Jericho: “Lord, son of David, have mercy on us!”

2.       {C}Opening up his heart to God. Maybe sometimes you can identify with David’s expressions: “my spirit grows faint within me”, “people have hidden a snare for me”, “no one is concerned for me”, “I am in desperate need”, “rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me”. Yes, sometimes you and I feel like that and the best thing to do is express our thoughts and feelings to the God that listens carefully to our cries without condemned us.

3.       {C} Putting his faith in the right place. Going through time of distress, debt, discontentment, loneliness, pain, and sickness can numb your ability to focus your faith in the right place. Maybe right now you’re feeling as if in the cave of desperation. This is the time to make David’s assurance yours: “You are my refuge, mi portion in the land of the living”. Now is the opportunity to tell your Heavenly Father: “Father, you know how I feel. I need your mercy upon me. I declare with all my heart that ‘You are mi refuge, not the cave of desperation I am in at this moment’. I want to dwell in your shelter, oh Father Almighty. Amen”

To close this meditation, I invite you to read the whole chapter of Psalm 142 and Psalm 91:1-6.

May the Most High, our Father in heaven, set you free form the prison of distress!