Hope in Darkness

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.

Psalm 142:6-7

In this Psalm, David was very discouraged.  In fact, he was even more than discouraged: he was downright depressed.  He was overwhelmed and persecuted by those stronger than him.  It was a dark time for him.  But I drew encouragement from this passage because even in the darkest hours of his life, he could still have hope in the Lord.

David was “brought very low.”  He was held captive by strong persecutors.  He felt as though his soul was “in prison.”  Yet, in spite all of that, he said that he wanted the Lord to release him from that prison so that he could praise His name.  How often is that our attitude?  How often do we ask the Lord to deliver us from some trouble so that we can praise Him?  That is a wonderful attitude to have and a wonderful thing to do.  So often, the Lord helps us and delivers us and we just move on, forgetting about Him and His help.  David had the right attitude.

Also, in the midst of all of this trouble, David said that “the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.”  He had confidence in the Lord.  He had asked the Lord for help and deliverance, and was already thanking Him for His answer.  That is faith!  Despite being brought low, persecuted and in prison, he knew that the Lord would “deal bountifully with him.”

No matter what we may be facing or going through, we can take solace in knowing that He will help us and that He will deal bountifully with us!  What a comforting and encouraging truth!

2 responses to this post.

  1. I love how David did that throughout the Psalms. 🙂 It really helps me to remember how he praised God, even in those dark times and trusted Him. God bless you as you are encouraged by His ability to help you today!


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