Sunday Scripture ~ Psalm 142:7

The epigraph for Psalm 142 reads:  “A contemplation of David.  A prayer when he was in the cave.”

How wonderful that David knew God could hear him from his gloomy hiding place.  

He knew very well that God was with him there in the cave.

I cry out to the Lord with my voice . . . I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble, (verse 1).

What is your “complaint” today? God is a safe landing place for your words of sadness or disappointment–even if your disappointment is with God himself:

“Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name . . . for You shall deal bountifully with me.”  (Psalm 142:7)

There are times when the future tense seems way too late, and we wait in our cave for a daylight that may take its time in coming.  While you wait there in the quiet darkness, remember God’s faithfulness in the past. Confess to Him that you are willing to have what he wills and to relinquish what he withholds.

O, LORD, you are the Light that shines in dark places, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in our hearts.

This Sunday, let’s rejoice in God’s faithful and unfailing presence, even when life sends us into a cave of waiting.

Thankful for light in darkness,

Michele (1)

16 thoughts on “Sunday Scripture ~ Psalm 142:7”

  1. I’m awake early this Sunday morning, unable to get back to sleep because of a mind that won’t stop churning out fearful and negative thoughts. I read Psalm 142 several times, taking comfort in David’s prayer. And then in popped your blog post into my inbox about Psalm 142. We have an amazing God, don’t we, Michele?

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    1. Can’t begin to tell you how happy this makes me. I scheduled the post to run TODAY several weeks ago as I’m just getting back from ten days at Camp Good News in Livermore Falls. God’s timing is perfect!
      And I will pray for you and the churning.

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  2. Yesterday we visited the National Veterans Memorial Museum in Columbus, OH, where the focus is on the stories of veterans and their families more than artifacts. It was a moving and powerful day there as they have done an excellent job. A current exhibit is one of photographs by an army photographer (including a lens that was damaged when a bullet came too close to her). The focus of her work is Light in Shadow and shows many dark places where active duty personnel have even a small light. She notes that the shadow makes the light (though small) stand out even more. As I read this post, your words reminded me of her work and theme for this exhibit. Thanks, Michele.

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    1. Thank you for this reminder that the light shines brightly in our lives when the darkness encroaches. You and your family do find some of the most interesting places to visit!

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      1. Absolutely! This visit was part of the year long Christmas gift I gave my hubby (A Year of Dates). Each month he opens a sealed note with a surprise date to a place he hasn’t been or a place we have not been for quite some time. I usually include the tickets if it is an event or cash if there is a cost and I know it. This museum (you can see some pics on my FB page) is exceptional (very new) and we first learned about it when it our son became the senior project manager for his company for this museum. His company built, created, etc all of the interior displays for it down to creating the very least label and tag. It is unlike any other museum (and we have visited many). 😊

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  3. Thank you for this Michele, I love His soft light glowing in the darkness of the cave of waiting! Like a table lamp on a cold night, it gives a cozy atmosphere in that He is there with us always even in the times of waiting…Praise Him!
    Bless you,
    Jennifer

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  4. What a great scripture. Most of my life, I kept waiting for life to begin happening. Hard to explain because I grew up, married, had children, yet my mindset was waiting for life or things to start happening. I was in a cave, but no more. I look back, and sometimes sad that it kept me from enjoying some things. But as the scripture says, even in those days, God was in that cave/mindset with me always. Have a great week and 4th celebrations.

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