Psalm 142: 5  I cried out to You, O Lord: I said, “You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.

David reveals thoughts that flooded his mind during the time he was being sought by Saul and hid in the cave of Adullam.  Under command of a backslidden king, Saul, the army of Israel was in pursuit of David’s life.  A few brave men stood with him and now protected him while hiding in this cave.

Emotions of rejection, despair, defeat, discouragement sieged the mind of the giant killer.  Few understood the desperation and sense of abandonment that resulted in this season of isolation.  To add frustration to the situation, encouragement wasn’t to be found anywhere from anyone.

In that condition, David turns and cries out to the Lord and makes a counter-intuitive declaration to the Lord.  He affirms God is his refuge and portion.

Saints of God, we all face those seasons as did David.  Yet we too can cry out to the Lord and make that bold declaration in the midst of the storm, “You are my refuge!”

God is our present help in the time of trouble.