NO MAN CARED FOR MY SOUL!
Read Psalm 142:1-7
Adullam is an old town in Canaan and later became a part of Judah. It was conquered by Joshua and is a symbol of Israel’s glory. This Psalm was probably written in the cave of Adullam with Saul in pursuit and seeking to kill David. Some believe it to be written in Engedi. David only had his 400 men who were considered, as was David – lawbreakers. In verse four David is saying, “I looked around for human help, but no one would even know me. I felt completely deserted in my trouble. Prayers and tears are my only weapons. Refuge failed me. I had nowhere to flee, no safe and sure place to hide. This cave is a miserable place to hide in and no man cared for my soul.” It is not the business of the world to care for our souls. Oh yes, the world can care for our physical wellbeing, our social wellbeing, our national wellbeing and protection from the enemy, etc. They can help care for our intellectual wellbeing. But, this is where the world stops and it can do nothing for our souls.
Caring for men’s souls is our business. The physical needs of men are not our first business, but to win souls and bear testimony of His loving care. The psalmist here tells us how he was disowned and deserted by his friends in verse four. When he was in favor with Saul, he seemed to have a great interest, but when he was made an outlaw and it was dangerous for anyone to harbor him, then no man would know him, but everyone was afraid of him. He looked on his right hand for an advocate, some friend or other to speak a good word for him, but, since Jonathan’s appearing for him had almost cost him his life, nobody was willing to speak in defense of his innocence, but all were ready to say they knew nothing about the matter. He looked around to see if any would open their doors to him, but refuge failed him. None of his old friends would give him a night’s lodging or direct him to any place of safety. How many such has hurt good men, shallow friends who are gone when trouble comes! David’s life was exceedingly precious, and yet, when he was unjustly accused, no man cared for it, nor would move a hand for the protection of it. Here David was a type of Christ, who, in His sufferings for us, was forsaken by all men, even by His own disciples. Continued tomorrow!
Read 2 Timothy 1-2, Proverbs 1, Complete___
Read yesterday’s devotion
Then he found satisfaction in God, verse 5. Friends would not stand with him and it was in vain to call to them. But, he said, “I cried unto the Lord.” David tells us what he said to God in the cave. There is enough in God to answer all the necessities of this life. We live in a world of dangers and needs; but what danger need we fear if God is our refuge, or what needs do we have that can trouble us if He is our care? Then in this satisfaction, he addressed himself to God. We can apply it spiritually: the souls of good men are often troubled by doubts and fears, confined through the weakness of faith. Then he tells how much he expected his deliverance would be a tribute to the glory of God.
DAVID POURED OUT HIS COMPLAINT BEFORE GOD.
He complained of the subtlety, strength and spite of his enemies – mainly Saul. David then laid two things on God:
- His distress – “I showed before Him my trouble.”
- His desire – in verse 1, when he made his complaint he made his supplication.
Everything Saul did for David, including giving him his daughter Michel was to trick him. He was disowned and deserted. As long as he was in the palace they were his friends, but now that he was an outlaw they deserted him. He looked around to see if any would open their door to him, but refuge failed him. None of his friends would even give him a night’s lodging. When winter came they became cold of heart. But no wonder, look at Jesus Himself who was forsaken of all men, “for there was none to help, none to uphold Him.”
But, he found satisfaction in God and Him alone. God knew his case, and was his refuge. David knew God would hear and deliver him. He knew also that his true righteous friends would join him in giving praise to God. Let it never be said that, “NO MAN CARED FOR MY SOUL.” GOD CARES AND SO SHOULD WE.
Read Numbers 10-12, Proverbs 2. Think of another time in David’s life when it seemed all had forsaken him. Did God bring him out of that as well?