My Portion in the Land of the Living (Psalm 142)

1 I cry out to the LORD with my voice; With my voice to the LORD I make my supplication.

2 I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble.

3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Then You knew my path.
In the way in which I walk They have secretly set a snare for me.

4 Look on my right hand and see, For there is no one who acknowledges me; Refuge has failed me; No one cares for my soul.

5 I cried out to You, O LORD: I said, “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 stronger than I.

7 Bring my soul out of prison, That I may praise Your name; The righteous shall surround me, For You shall deal bountifully with me.”

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Devotional Reading

Some time ago, the body of a man was found in a deserted building in New York. In his pocket was a note that read, “I’m nobody. Nobody cares for me. I’m like the shell of a peanut on the walkway in Yankee Stadium. So, I decided to stomp on myself once and for all.”

There is no feeling that runs so deep, is so acute or more widespread than loneliness. The feeling of being abandoned or uncared for or unloved is one that grips the souls of far too many – even the Christian.

We read in the Bible of a man who had been forced to run and hide from others to save his life. Years later he wrote, “Look to my right and see; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for me.” (v.4) His words are all too familiar and his feelings universal.

But notice: He looked around but he did not look up. Had he done so he could have discovered someOne who cared deeply for him, was looking for him and loved him. This One not only cares, but He did something to show us that He cares.

The Bible states that, “Since God did not even spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else?”

Remember the story of Noah in the ark, Job in the pile of ashes, Moses being hid in a basket, Jonah in the belly of a fish, Daniel in the lions’ den and Paul in prison?

He carefully cared for them and He will also carefully care for us!
Remember: “I will never leave you or forsake you.”

Prayer: In moments of loneliness, Lord, may we look upward and find Your outstretched arms waiting for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Source: Guido Ministries Seeds of Hope Devotionals by Dr. Larry Guido Used by permission.

Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright ©1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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