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Psalm 142

"No Man Cared for My Soul" is the title and most remembered phrase of this sorrow filled song of instruction from David drawn from his experiences when "he escaped to the cave of Adullam" (I Samuel 22:1) during the days of his flight king Saul.

This period of time in the life of young king David was the source for many of the Psalms which display the inner most feelings of the soul in dire straits of distress and anguish as he was persecuted wrongfully and hunted like an animal by the king whom he had faithfully served.

In (v.1-5) Conditions in the Cave are declared as David makes his situation known to the LORD in detail:
"I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication. I poured out my complaint before Him; I showed before Him my trouble."

These first two verses are addressed to the reader giving his method and manner of communication with the LORD. His cry show the urgent need, the audible sound of his voice demonstrates the complete energy of his soul in appealing to the LORD for help.

Then he begins his direct plea to the LORD:
"When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then Thou knew my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me. I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. I cried unto Thee O LORD: I said Thou art my refuge and my Portion in the land of the living." (v.3-5)

Only the LORD knew the innermost details of David's plight, the condition of his spirit, the path he took, the way which he walked and the trap laid by his enemy, the total absence of human help, and his desperate cry unto the LORD demonstrating his full reliance upon the LORD Who eventually came to the rescue as his place of safety and his very all in this harrowing time of fierce persecution.

In conclusion, David makes three intensive requests of the LORD:
"Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I. Bring my soul out of prison that I may praise Thy name, the righteous shall compass me about, for Thou shalt deal bountifully with me." (v.6,7)

David"s plea for attention comes in the form of an urgent and desperate 'cry', he underlines his rock-bottom spiritual condition and then appeals to the LORD for His rescue from an impossible situation humanly speaking. He needs the miraculous saving strength of the LORD!

His final expression for help has within it a powerful statement of his faith in the LORD as he looks forward to praising the LORD when He brings his "soul out of prison" knowing also that God will "deal bountifully" with him in the end of it all. This prison-like experience in the cave of Adullam occurred early on in David's adulthood and was one of the incidents which served to give him the confidence in God that carried him throughout his life.

Rev. Larry Wolfe--Evangelist
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Easley, SC 29642

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