Today’s post is part of our Psalm Saturdays series from guest blogger Robert Chamberlain. You can read his archives at .

Psalm 142:1–7 (ESV)
1 With my voice I cry out to the LORD; with my voice I plead for mercy to the LORD.
2 I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him.
3 When my spirit faints within me, you know my way! In the path where I walk they have hidden a trap for me.
4 Look to the right and see: there is none who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for my soul.
5 I cry to you, O LORD; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”
6 Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low! Deliver me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me!
7 Bring me out of prison, that I may give thanks to your name! The righteous will surround me, for you will deal bountifully with me.

Prayer doesn’t always have to be a relatively passive, silent exercise. We can literally voice our concerns to the Lord and audibly cry out to Him like the Psalmist here. We can pour out our troubles to Him.

We might feel hopeless, but God knows our ways. He knows every potential trap and pitfall along the way. We might feel helpless, but if we have God, we have the ultimate Helper.

Even if we don’t feel the truth, it’s good to confess that God is our refuge, if indeed we’re taking refuge in Him. We long for God to deliver us from all our enemies. We might be brought low, but God can and will raise us up in the end.

Whether we’re literally imprisoned or psychologically, we should cry to God to deliver us. Then we will give thanks to God’s name. If we’re righteous, we long to be in the company of the righteous. We do well to have faith that God will assuredly deal bountifully with us.

“Father in heaven, thank You for knowing where we’re at, and caring for us in whatever circumstances we find ourselves in. Please attend to our cries, in Jesus’ name, amen.”

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