Tehillim / Psalms 142, ספר תהילים קמב, Part 1, Prayer without Complaint or Wantonness


In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 142:1-7, the psalm opens saying, א מַשְֹכִּיל לְדָוִד בִּהְיוֹתוֹ בַמְּעָרָה תְפִלָּה: A Psalm of instruction for David, when he was in the cave, a Prayer (NASB) David speaks of his crying aloud to the Lord מְעָרָה “in the cave” meaning that he was hiding from Saul at this time. He continues saying, ב קוֹלִי אֶל-יְהֹוָה אֶזְעָק קוֹלִי אֶל-יְהֹוָה אֶתְחַנָּן: 142:1 I cry aloud with my voice to the Lord; I make supplication with my voice to the Lord. (NASB) He speaks of making supplication with his voice. Is there another way to make a prayer to the Lord besides with our mouth? He formulates his prayer saying, ג אֶשְׁפֹּךְ לְפָנָיו שִֹיחִי צָרָתִי לְפָנָיו אַגִּיד: ד בְּהִתְעַטֵּף עָלַי | רוּחִי וְאַתָּה יָדַעְתָּ נְתִיבָתִי בְּאֹרַח-זוּ אֲהַלֵּךְ טָמְנוּ פַח לִי: 142:2 I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare my trouble before Him. 142:3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, You knew my path. In the way where I walk They have hidden a trap for me. (NASB) David says that he complains to the Lord in prayer. When we ask the Lord to save us from our enemies, is this a complaint before God?  Read more here: Tehillim 142-Part1