Psalm 142 – You’re an Instrument of Comfort

by | Aug 3, 2020


Look to the right and see: no one stands up for me; there is no refuge for me; no one cares about me. (Psalms 142:4)

We know from the inscription that David wrote this psalm while hiding in the cave of Adullah (See 1 Sam.22:1). Yes, “The legend” King David was hiding for his life in a cave. And just days before, he had to pretend he lost his mind, so the people of that town wouldn’t hand him over to Saul to be killed (see 1 Sam. 20:13). I can’t imagine how humiliating and demoralizing it must have been for David. It was definitely a low point in David’s life, as he expressed “no one cares about me.”

Do you know of anyone feeling like this right now? You know of anyone going through a dark, lonely, disheartening time? Try and take a few minutes to run through the names and faces of those you know. Any of your friends, family members, coworkers, neighbors, people in your church, experiencing something like this? Anyone you know who might be saying like David “Look to the right and see: no one stands up for me; there is no refuge for me; no one cares about me” (142:4)?

Were you able to think of someone? God is most likely dispatching you to be that instrument of comfort through your friendship. God wants to prove to that person that somebody cares, namely God Himself, and so he’s sending you. And to join him in caring too. So if you’re not going through anything heart-wrenching at the moment, and you’ve got a “spring in your step” today, then that’s God’s empowering blessings over your life, so that you can be a blessing to someone in need.

2 Corinthians 1:4 tells us this magnificent truth—“God comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” So send a text or make a phone call, and see how that person is doing. Maybe bring over a meal and let that person know you’re a friend who cares about them.

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