"Set me free from my prison, that I may
praise your name."
Every prisoner dreams of the day he or she will go home. As a Christian, I prayed that the Lord would work in the hearts of the Texas Parole Board members to grant me an early release. While I grew as a believer in Jesus Christ, my deepest desire was to worship God with
His people on the Lord’s Day outside of the walls of prison.
As the title of Psalm 142 reminds us, David, too, spent many years cut off from the worship of God’s people while waiting for the Lord to make him king. He was often forced to hide from Saul in a cave (1 Samuel 22:1). Although he’d done nothing wrong, David was a “marked man.” When the darkness of the cave seemed almost too much for his soul to bear, where did he turn?
He cried out to the Lord in prayer: “I cry to you,
O LORD; I say, ‘You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living'” (v. 5).
My own prayer to get out of prison wasn’t answered immediately. I was denied for parole four times before being released in 2009. But I was free in Christ long before then.
THE LORD CAN TURN YOUR CRIES OF DESPAIR INTO JOYFUL SHOUTS OF PRAISE.