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Psalm 142:6 – The Bible Wallpapers

When you are overwhelmed it is hard to think and often, we don’t know which way to turn. This can happen with a health problem, loss of a job, loss of a loved one, a broken relationship, or a pandemic.  David had not foreseen having to be a man on the run just like we didn’t see a pandemic and social distancing coming. The storm in David’s life forced him to depend on God and we, too, need to depend on God in these times.

When life seems to be spiraling out of control, let the Lord and His Word be the anchor. When things get chaotic, God’s word reminds us that He is with us, in control, and stronger than all our problems. Jesus said in John 16: 33 And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have conquered the world.[1]

In the story of David, his enemies were setting traps for him and he was praying for God to do something about it. Psalm 142: So I cried out to you, Lord, my only hiding place. You’re all I have, my only hope in this life, my last chance for help. Please listen to my heart’s cry, for I am low and in desperate need of you! Rescue me from all those who persecute me, for I am no match for them.[2]

And God answered him, in 1 Samuel 22 we find that David’s family joined him. Others who were not happy with the reign of Saul also came to him. David was able to shelter his elderly parents in Moab, the home country of his great-grandmother. Then Gad, a prophet came with a word from God. David, his brothers, and his friends were to return to Judah. There God would have more for them.

God never leaves our side. Psalm 145:18 You (Lord) draw near to those who call out to you, listening closely, especially when their hearts are true. 19 Every one of your godly lovers receives even more than what they ask for. For you hear what their hearts really long for and you bring them your saving strength.[3]

God will give you the strength you need to get you through this storm of the pandemic. Isaiah 41: 10 Do not yield to fear, for I am always near. Never turn your gaze from me, for I am your faithful God. I will infuse you with my strength and help you in every situation. I will hold you firmly with my victorious right hand.[4]

To hear more about David and how God helped him, listen here:

[1,2,3,4] The Passion Translation®. Copyright © 2017 by BroadStreet Publishing® Group, LLC.

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Psalm 142: When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn. Wherever I go, my enemies have set traps for me…Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.[1]

David was on overload because his life had changed drastically. He had been a famous, successful commander in the army. He was married to king’s daughter and best friends with the king’s son. But he ended up on the run from King Saul who was jealous and trying to kill him. David had tried to hide in the country of Philistia, Israel’s enemy. But he was spotted and had to feign madness to escape.  When he wrote this Psalm He was hiding in a cave at a low point in his life.  

Many people now are on overload because of the pandemic and the orders to stay in our homes and away from other people. We, like David, can ask the Lord for mercy. David had his fame, fortune, and relationships taken away from him. Did God do this to him? No.

God has set up this world so that we can have a choice to follow Him or not. True love can’t be forced, and He desires that we love Him with all our hearts. God took a chance that humans would refuse to follow.  Saul had refused to follow God when he didn’t follow God’s commands in battle (1 Samuel 13). The nation of Israel had rejected God as their leader when they requested a king (1 Samuel 8). David was experiencing the consequences of other people’s sin. But God, the good Father that He is, allowed this situation to build David’s faith. David had only God to turn to and God showed that He is the God of Refuge.

We can be sure that God is a God of refuge for us today, also. Disease itself is a consequence of the fall into sin. As this pandemic proceeds, people may have made poor choices in communication and treatment of the pandemic. This is what happens in a sinful world. But be assured that God knows what is happening. Turn to God like David did when he was overwhelmed. David realized that God was his refuge and all he really wanted in life. Can you say the same? If not, read over our new believer section. God desires a relationship with each of us and provided Jesus as the one who makes that possible. To hear more about David, listen here:

[1] Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188.

Cave at Adullam. Possible location where David hid from King Saul ...

Psalm 142 King David’s poetic song of instruction
A prayer when he was confined in a cave
God, I’m crying out to you! I lift up my voice boldly to beg for your mercy.
I spill out my heart to you and tell you all my troubles.
For when I was desperate, overwhelmed, and about to give up, you were the only one there to help.
You gave me a way of escape from the hidden traps of my enemies.[1]

David had escaped from King Saul who wanted to kill him. He had run to the land of the Philistines seeking shelter, but he was recognized as the one who had killed their champion, Goliath. God enables David to trick the Philistine King and escape. Now David is hiding in a cave where he writes a song that we know as Psalm 142.

David has a very honest relationship with God as we can see by his words in Psalm 142. He is respectful but honest and blunt with God. God knows what is going on and how David feels, so why shouldn’t he be honest with God? David pours out his heart to the Lord when he is at a very low point in his life.

David can act as a mentor for us, especially in this time of pandemic. We are living in our version of hiding in a cave as we shelter at home and keep social distance.  Do you have a relationship with God in which you can pray honestly? If not, take this time to spend time with the Lord and in His Word, and in prayer.

God wants a relationship with you, that’s why He sent Jesus. He knows what is going on in the world and what is in your heart. Jesus says in John 10: 14 “I alone am the Good Shepherd, and I know those whose hearts are mine, for they recognize me and know me.”[2] Through Psalm 142 let’s ask the question; Lord what are you teaching me and what are You showing me through this Psalm? Our times are not sure, but our good Father can use this as a teaching moment for each of us.

Think about this: How can an honest relationship with God make a difference as we go through an unprecedented time? How can knowing this God of refuge give each of us comfort and hope?

To hear more about the story of David, listen here:

[1,2] The Passion Translation®. Copyright © 2017 by BroadStreet Publishing® Group, LLC.

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Ps 34: 22, But the Lord has paid for the freedom of his servants, and he will freely pardon those who love him. He will declare them free and innocent when they turn to hide themselves in him.[1]

Sometimes in life I may find myself in a place where I should not be. My own sin has led me there. When I truly repent and call out to the Lord I can always come to him. Like the prodigal son, we will not be turned away when we humble ourselves before the Lord.

David had gone to Gath to try to hide from King Saul. Going to the King of Gath may not have been where David was to be, but when he humbled himself, the Lord did not turn him away but protected him. David could hide in the Lord instead of in the land of his enemies.

The thief on the cross came to Jesus and was not turned away. Obviously because of his crimes he found himself in a place he should not have been, the cross. When he repented Jesus said to him, “Today you will be with me in Paradise.”

In his time of distress and danger, David wrote two different Psalms or songs. Psalm 56 appears to be written before David escaped Philistia, and Psalm 34 was written after his escape. These two Psalms paint a beautiful picture of who God is. He is worthy of our praise. He can be trusted. He keeps his promises. He is a God that answers prayer as I turn to him in good times and bad times. He is a God of rescue and is aware all that is going on in my life. It is this God of rescue that gave His life for us upon the cross at Calvary. It is the God of rescue who now calls us to faith. It is the God of rescue that transforms us to be more like Jesus. Like David we can praise God for He is worthy of our praise. We can praise Him even during a pandemic. We can hide in Him free from fear and in His safe arms. To God be the glory.

To hear more about David and his story, listen here:

[1] The Passion Translation®. Copyright © 2017 by BroadStreet Publishing® Group, LLC.

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Psalm 34: Listen to my testimony: I cried to God in my distress and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears!
Gaze upon him, join your life with his, and joy will come. Your faces will glisten with glory. You’ll never wear that shame-face again.
When I had nothing, desperate and defeated, I cried out to the Lord and he heard me, bringing his miracle-deliverance when I needed it most.[1]

When David is afraid, he can trust the Lord. When we are afraid, we can trust the Lord. The word trust and faith are very similar. It says in Hebrews 11:1 –Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen. We can trust the Lord even when things don’t look good, even in the midst of this crazy pandemic situation.

Psalm 23:Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.[2] In order to trust God, we must be led by the Holy Spirit. Paul writes in Romans 8: 14 The mature children of God are those[a] who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit.[3]

It is only the Lord who can guide us in difficult times. Psalm 119: 105 Truth’s shining light guides me in my choices and decisions; the revelation of your word makes my pathway clear.[4]

God can deliver us from our fear, just like He delivered David. To hear more, listen here:

[1,2,3,4] The Passion Translation®. Copyright © 2017 by BroadStreet Publishing® Group, LLC.

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Ps.34:I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises.
I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart.
Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together.[1]

When David was in trouble, he looked to the Lord. He not only looked to the Lord but praised Him ahead of the answer. When I praise the Lord, it keeps my focus on the Lord and not on my circumstances. What can you give thanks to the Lord for today? How would that change the way you look at yourself and the Lord? How would that change how you look at the pandemic situation?

When I praise the Lord, it affects my brain. David is praising the Lord with all his heart. When I praise the Lord, I become more positive, thankful, and joyful. It changes my perspective. This is also Scriptural.

1 Thess. 5:18 – Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.[2]

Romans 8:28 – And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. [3]

If David could praise God in the middle of a crisis, so should we. To hear more of David’s story, listen here:

[1,2,3] Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188.

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Ps. 56: 13 For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from slipping. So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.[1]

David had run from one danger to another. He looked to God for help. We can get insight into David’s heart by reading a song he wrote at this time, Psalm 56.

David needs to escape from the Philistines but is under constant watch. What will he do? God gives him the insight to act like he is insane. 1 Samuel 21: 13 So he (David) pretended to be insane, scratching on doors and drooling down his beard. 14 Finally, King Achish said to his men, “Must you bring me a madman? 15 We already have enough of them around here! Why should I let someone like this be my guest?”[2]

David’s play acting allows him to escape the king. God’s plan worked. In these fearful times, trust God to work behind the scenes. He can work in surprising ways and give us unique ideas to deal with situation that is new to all of us. Look for God to work in unexpected ways during these trying times and don’t forget to praise Him for it.

To hear more of David’s story, listen here:

[1,2] Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188.

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Ps. 56: 8 You’ve (the Lord) kept track of all my wandering and my weeping. You’ve stored my many tears in your bottle—not one will be lost. For they are all recorded in your book of remembrance.[1]

David is in trouble and instead of complaining, he writes a song to God. This helps him focus on God and what He can do. This psalm tells us of the character of God. There are many times when we are in trouble that we feel God is far away and isn’t paying attention. David counters this idea and tells us how God keeps our tears in bottle. God is not only paying attention to what is happening, He is concerned. God is so attentive that He keeps our tears in a bottle. What a beautiful picture!

If that is what God did for David, He continues to do that for us today. In these trying times, we can be assured that we have a God who is paying attention to our worries and concerns. He knows our griefs and keeps track of them.

Ps.56: 9 The very moment I call to you for a father’s help the tide of battle turns and my enemies flee. This one thing I know: God is on my side![2]

To hear more of David’s story, listen here:

[1,2] The Passion Translation®. Copyright © 2017 by BroadStreet Publishing® Group, LLC.

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Ps. 56:O God, have mercy on me, for people are hounding me. My foes attack me all day long.
I am constantly hounded by those who slander me, and many are boldly attacking me.
But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.
I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?

David, to save his life, ran from King Saul who was trying to kill him. But, in his attempt to flee one danger, he ran straight into another. He went to the land of the Philistines but was recognized as the great Israeli commander and now was in peril from the King of the Philistines.

What does David do? Does he whine about how unfair the situation is? Does he complain about Saul who was the cause of his trouble? Does he beat himself up for making a poor decision? No, David turns to the Lord. In his time of panic and fear, David found courage in trusting God to do what he could not do. His human power and ingenuity had put him in more trouble. Now he began to remember who God was and that helped him put the whole situation in perspective.

In these trying days of social distancing and fear of a pandemic, we, too, need to focus on the Lord. While it is prudent to follow medical advice and governmental policies, continue to focus on God and seek His wisdom. He can take what we consider a bad situation and use it for good.  As we shelter in place, we have fewer distractions. There are no sporting events or other recreational activities. We can focus on family relationships and more importantly our relationship with God. Use this time to pray, read God’s Word, and meditate. Take advantage of the many teachings available online now that churches are using the internet for services.

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David was a commander in Saul’s army, but King Saul was jealous of David’s success and wanted him killed. David realizes that the threat of death is real, and he can’t return home. Now instead of a popular commander in the palace, he is a man on the run. But where will he go?

He needs food and a weapon, so he stops at a priest who is his friend. The priest allows David to take the holy bread for food and gives him the sword of Goliath. David continues onto the country of Philistine, to Goliath’s hometown of Gath. Perhaps he assumes that the enemy of his enemy Saul must be his friend. We aren’t sure.

But the officers of the king recognized David and were unhappy about him being there. They asked, “Isn’t this the famous warrior?”David heard these comments and was very afraid of what the King of Gath might do to him.[1]

David had run from one danger straight into another. How often do we do something similar? We fear something and the threat may be very real. In our panic we frantically try something else and end up in just as much danger. In these trying times with the corona virus pandemic, we must keep our eyes on the Lord.

Proverbs 14: For the wisdom of the wise will keep life on the right track, while the fool only deceives himself and refuses to face reality.[2] In these trying times we must look to the Lord for the wisdom in what to do.

To hear more of David’s story, listen here:

[1] Summary of 1 Samuel 21.

[2] The Passion Translation®. Copyright © 2017 by BroadStreet Publishing® Group, LLC.

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