1 I cry aloud to the Lord;
I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.
2 I pour out before him my complaint;
before him I tell my trouble.
How do you feel about David pouring out complaints to God? Is this OK? How might it actually reveal the depth of David's faith?
3 When my spirit grows faint within me,
it is you who watch over my way.
In the path where I walk
people have hidden a snare for me.
4 Look and see, there is no one at my right hand;
no one is concerned for me.
I have no refuge;
no one cares for my life.
Contrast these verses to Psalm 121. Which psalm do you think was written first (and why do you think that way)?
5 I cry to you, Lord;
I say, “You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.”
How do the two lines of David's prayer in verse 5 complement each other? What does it mean to have God be your "portion"?
6 Listen to my cry,
for I am in desperate need;
rescue me from those who pursue me,
for they are too strong for me.
7 Set me free from my prison,
that I may praise your name.
Then the righteous will gather about me
because of your goodness to me. NIV
Take a moment to read 1 Samuel 24. It is likely that David wrote this psalm was written in a cave near Engedi (near the Dead Sea) just before a remarkable encounter with King Saul. How does this context deepen your appreciation for David's prayer in this psalm and for David's actions in 1 Samuel 24?