Religion in the Trials of Life
Psalm 142:1-7
I cried to the LORD with my voice; with my voice to the LORD did I make my supplication.…

I. THE TRIALS HERE REPRESENTED. He speaks of himself as —

1. Overwhelmed (ver. 3).

2. Walking in snares (ver. 3).

3. Destitute of friends (ver. 4).

4. Greatly reduced (ver. 6).

5. Greatly persecuted (ver. 6).

6. Imprisoned (ver. 7). Ignorance, poverty, affliction, all these imprison.


1. Religion manifesting itself in prayer to God. A practical realization of our dependence on our Maker is true prayer, and this is the essence of religion. Prayer is not language, but life: it is the soul turned ever to the Almighty, as the flower to the sun, as the river to the sea.

2. Religion manifesting itself in practical confidence in God.

(1)  Confidence in His personal superintendence. "Thou knowest;" not merely the path of material universes and spiritual hierarchies, but "my path."

(2)  Confidence in His protection (ver. 5).

(1)  "My refuge." What a refuge, vaster than the universe, strong as Omnipotence.

(2)  "My portion." Everything without Him is nothing worth, nothing with Him is everything, satisfying, glorious.

3. Religion manifesting itself in unbounded trust in His goodness (ver. 7).


Parallel Verses
KJV: {Maschil of David; A Prayer when he was in the cave.} I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication.

WEB: I cry with my voice to Yahweh. With my voice, I ask Yahweh for mercy.

David's Prayer in the Cave
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