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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.
I poured out my complaint before him; I showed before him my trouble.
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.
I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.
I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.
Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.
Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

142:1 I cried. Psalm 142:1-2 is in the imperfect tense, indicating that this was David’s regular response to difficult situations.

142:4 no man cared. Under the circumstances, David’s cry of anxiety is understandable. This is one of David’s most familiar verses, and has often been appropriated by missionaries on behalf of the unreached souls in the difficult regions of the world. It is one of the saddest verses in the Bible. Undoubtedly there are many lonely people in the world, who feel that no one cares. But no one was ever as alone as Jesus, when not only His disciples forsook Him (Matthew 26:56), but even His heavenly Father (Matthew 27:46) as He hung dying on the cross. Thus He understands! “For in that He Himself hath suffered,…He is able to succour them that are [tested]” (Hebrews 2:18). Jesus died all alone on the cross, so He understands, and can “be touched with the feeling of our infirmities.” Therefore, at His “throne of grace,” we can “find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:15-16).

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