PSALM 142: Psalms such as this one are not reserved for those who are persecuted by visible enemies. They are given to us to pray whenever life’s troubles threaten to overwhelm us. If we are not suffering tribulation ourselves, we can pray in the name of all those who are burdened with problems that seem insuperable.
WITH ALL MY VOICE I CRY TO THE LORD, with all my voice I entreat the Lord. I pour out my trouble before him; I tell him all my distress while my spirit faints within me. But you, O Lord, know my path.
On the way where I shall walk they have hidden a snare to entrap me. Look on my right and see: there is not one who takes my part. I have no means of escape, not one who cares for my soul.
I cry to you, O Lord. I have said: “You are my refuge, all I have left in the land of the living.” Listen, then, to my cry for I am in the depths of distress.
Rescue me from those who pursue me for they are stronger than I. Bring my soul out of this prison and then I shall praise your name. Around me the just will assemble because of your goodness to me.
GLORY TO THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING, IS NOW, AND EVER SHAL BE, WORLD WITHOUT END. AMEN