Psalm 143: Show me where to go

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You. Psalm 143:8


 

Psalm 143, a psalm of David, is similar in tone to other psalms of distress, particularly Ps. 6.  God’s past faithfulness encourages David to call on the Lord to help against present enemies.  He prayes for God to act quickly, not only to deliver him, but also to teach David to do God’s will.  For God to answer will bring honor to His name and be in character with His great love.

143:3 in darkness To live in darkness is similar to being in the pit as those who are already dead (Job 10:21, 22).

3  For the enemy has persecuted my soul; He has crushed my life to the ground; He has made me dwell in darkness, Like those who have long been dead.

Before I go to the place from which I shall not return, To the land of darkness and the shadow of death, 22  A land as dark as darkness itself, As the shadow of death, without any order, Where even the light is like darkness.’ ” Job 10:21, 22

143:7, 8 the pit:  Without a renewed sense of God’s presence, David believes that he is as good as dead.

7  Answer me speedily, O Lord; My spirit fails! Do not hide Your face from me, Lest I be like those who go down into the pit. 8  Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.

143:11, 12 for Your name’s sake:  The requests of the psalmists are often tied to various character traits of God.  When we pray “in Jesus’ name,” we pray both in the authority of His name and in the character it represents.  I am Your servant:  To be a servant of the Lord is a position to which even kings might aspire.  Since there is no greater Lord, there is no greater position than to be aligned with His purposes.

11  Revive me, O Lord, for Your name’s sake! For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble. 12  In Your mercy cut off my enemies, And destroy all those who afflict my soul; For I am Your servant.

** People of the world mock Christians’ black and white thinking and accused them of being hypocrites.  As David admits in verse 2, it’s true that none of us are purely white —  righteous.  We all fall short.  But we are taught to align ourselves with righteousness and even holiness.  The Bible promise is that God would make up for who He is and what we are.  He has done it already.


143 1  A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer, O Lord, Give ear to my supplications! In Your faithfulness answer me, And in Your righteousness. 2  Do not enter into judgment with Your servant, For in Your sight no one living is righteous. 3  For the enemy has persecuted my soul; He has crushed my life to the ground; He has made me dwell in darkness, Like those who have long been dead. 4  Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; My heart within me is distressed. 5  I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands. 6  I spread out my hands to You; My soul longs for You like a thirsty land. Selah 7  Answer me speedily, O Lord; My spirit fails! Do not hide Your face from me, Lest I be like those who go down into the pit. 8  Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You. 9  Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies; In You I take shelter. 10  Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness. 11  Revive me, O Lord, for Your name’s sake! For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble. 12  In Your mercy cut off my enemies, And destroy all those who afflict my soul; For I am Your servant.

 

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