Psalm 143

My friend, Erika, led group this week and brought great insights and applicable tools for our study of Psalm 143.

This Psalm is known as the prayer of a soul in distress. There are different theories as to when David wrote this Psalm, but one of the more accepted theories is that he wrote this prayer while on the run from his son, Absalom.

This week we looked at how David constructed his plea. He prayed from a place of desperation. Have you ever felt completely overwhelmed and defeated? <– Me too.

Biggest take away from Psalm 143:
(1) David magnifies who God is more than his troubles.

Who David says God is:
Righteous (vs 1, 11)
Unfailing Love (vs 8, 12)
Faithful (vs 1, 5)
Holy (vs 2)
Sovereign (vs 5)
Good (vs 10)
Protector, Shelter, and Refuge (vs 9)

(2) David prayed for more than deliverance from the situation. He asked for it to mean something, for God to use his distress for His glory. How often to we thank God for the problems we are facing because we trust that He has plan to work it all out for good?

(3) In verse 3, David says his enemies crush him to the ground and make him dwell in darkness. Those are real feelings, true emotions he felt. He didn’t hold anything back from God. But, he didn’t stay in that darkness of thought, he remembers what God has done for him (vs 5). We can learn from David and remember. In times of despair, remember what God has done for you, remember your blessings and fix God thanks.

Thanksgiving squashes darkness.

(4) David says his enemies make him dwell in darkness, but in Psalm 23, David says God makes him lie down in green pastures and walk along still waters. We have been given a free will. We have a choice which way we will go. Will we allow darkness or Light to reign in our hearts and minds?

Jump over and read Psalm 23. Write it out and meditate on it.

(5) Basics of Prayer:

-Pray should be heartfelt.
1 Samuel 1:10-13

-Pray from a humble heart.
Psalm 143:6

-Pray with faith.
Mark 11:22-24

-Pray in obedience to God’s will.
James 1:22

What were your biggest take always from this week’s study?

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