Monday, February 20, 2017

Psalm 142

"He wants not friends that hath Thy love” —Richard Baxter

According to the superscription, David wrote Psalm 142 "in the cave" (of Adullum), making it a companion piece to Psalm 52 (Cf., 1 Samuel 22:1,2). David had fled the Philistine camp in which he mistakenly thought he would find a home. Forced out, he found himself on the run again, friendless and alone.

Look on my right hand and see,
For there is no one who wants to know me;
No place of refuge;
No one asks about me (142:4).

I think of those that have reached "length of days" and are unloved and uncared for. Friends and family have forgotten them.

I see them everywhere—in retirement communities, in homeless shelters, on buses and park benches—"silent sentinels of neglect," as someone has said. My heart goes out to them in their loneliness and despair. Three Dog Night was right: "One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do."

Here in this poem, David turns from his loneliness to one who cares for him like no other. One who listens; one to whom he can pour out his soul.

"I cry to you, O LORD; I say, “You (and you alone) are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living" (142:5). He finds that God is all he needs for as long as he lives. He is there for you as well.

"What a friend we have in Jesus..."

David Roper

1 comment:

Brian K said...

Loneliness is our inheritance from the fall and sometimes the result of an overoccupied self; this will not be follow us into eternity. Yes, I do believe eternal life begins here on earth, but it's main course has yet to be served in our consciousness @ least.
Just think how the hall of faith overcame in their loneliness--the quickening of God!
And the dude, who wrote Pilgrim's progress in his prison cell--the quickening of God!
Tertius, via Paul, in the book of Romans tells us that to be spiritually minded is life and peace; this can only happen by reading & applying the declarative observations found in the New Testament and the Old as well. We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, as well as the omnipresent Godhead, which we can never fully comprehend in our finiteness.
Here's a cool quote I came across yesterday from Mr. Tozer:

"The New Testament draws a sharp line between the natural mind and the mind that has been touched by divine fire." (A.W. Tozer)

Lord--touch and torch our minds!

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