Psalms 142:1
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Adulam nature reserve in central Israel.

1  A maskil of David, while he was in the cave. A prayer.

mas-KEEL l’-da-VID bih-yo-TO va-m’-a-RAH t’-fi-LAH

א  מַשְׂכִּיל לְדָוִד בִּהְיוֹתוֹ בַמְּעָרָה תְפִלָּה׃

142:1   While he was in the cave

As recorded in Sefer Shmuel I 22, David runs for his life, escaping to a cave in Adulam. There, instead of solitude and fear, he finds compatriots and begins to build an army. Perhaps this prayer spurs a new resolve within him, not to be depressed or paralyzed by fear. The Bible speaks of 400 men who gathered in front of David, each one bitter and depressed, each without will or direction (ibid., verse 2). Prayer can serve as a great unifier. It can give desperate people hope, help them focus on new goals and instill with them lofty ideals. The prayer leader, David, is inspired by this group and begins his path towards self-determination, and ultimately towards the monarchy itself. From a dark, dank, cave emerges a spark, a spirit, a king of Israel.

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  • 142:1 When he was in the cave

    We learned that when David rain into the cave it was out of fear for his life. He instead found in Adulam other men as were he, filled with despair were in that cave also. Thus he begins to build an army. When like people join together they find that commonality and prayer makes them grow stronger and faith in God and there for themselves makes them stronger. Prayer can wash away even the greatest fear and depression and become the greatest of unverified makers, in David's case Mighty Kings makers. Even encases of paralyzing fear. When you firmly understand that God is on your side backed up by Biblical Law and Writings and the Prophets. Even the smallest of voices can become the greatest of leaders and Kings when called upon by God. Amen. Carl

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