Lord, I cry to you for help; you, Lord, are my protector; you are all I want in this life.” (Psalm 142:5, GNB)

Written by David when he was in a cave, one suspects when he was fleeing from yet another attempt by Saul to arrest and execute him.  David’s life was in literal danger; Saul was an existential threat to him.  David definitely needed help.

Where did David go for help?  “Lord, I cry to you for help.”  David understood that no one could help him, but God alone because God was his protector, his refuge, his hope.

I like how the GNB translates: “You are all I want in this life.”


What a grand confession of faith was this! David spoke to God, and of God “Thou art my refuge.” Not thou hast provided me a refuge, but thou, thyself, art my refuge.