-Theme: The issue of pouring out our needs before God in trust and confidence when we feel overwhelmed and desperate. God’s protection in dire circumstances.
-Historical Insight: This is a Maskil (a Psalm that teaches you something, knowledge, enlightenment) of David when he was running to escape with his physical life and hiding in a cave.
-*Application* What we have to discern and deal with here in this passage is David’s attitude towards his condition. What are we to conclude on this issue of complaining, as it is translated in the NASB. ESV, CSB, KJV, and NIV unanimously (Psalm 142:2)? Paul certainly did not endorse grumbling or disputing (Philippians 2:14). God got very angry with His children in the wilderness on this issue as well (Numbers 14). A closer look at the Hebrew rendering for “complaint” here, siyach- an object of concern or interest, is worth noting. Yes, David was in trouble. Yes, he cried out to God for deliverance and relief in desperate times. And yes, he was laid low. The difference, however, between him and those God rebukes for complaining is this: David continued to express trust and confidence in his Master, whereas the other examples of complaining, grumbling, and disputing are absorbed with discontentment and unbelief. David was able to keep his focus right in turbulent times. This should be an inspiration for us in today’s culture where we are attacked from every angle and on all sides. While our persecutors and adversaries are too strong for us, just like in David’s day (Psalm 142:6), we have a God who is able (Daniel 3:17, 2 Corinthians 9:8, 2 Timothy 1:12, Hebrews 7:25). He cares for our soul even when no one else on this earth does. He is a Savior, and we can give thanks always in His Name. In the final analysis, we as His children will be surrounded by the righteous and realize that the LORD has dealt bountifully with us too (Psalm 142:7)!
Verse to Memorize: Psalm 142:2