Psalm 142: Desperate Prayer

How should we feel when God has not yet answered our desperate prayer?

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Psalm 142:1 A song of David, when he was in the cave.
I cried out to you, Lord, looking for you to answer my prayer.
King James
Psalm 142:1 <Maschil of David; A Prayer when he was in the cave.> I cried unto the Lord with my voice; with my voice unto the Lord did I make my supplication.

In our communications with God, how free can we afford to be with our words?

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Psalm 142:2 I freely expressed my feelings, telling you all my troubles.
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Psalm 142:2 I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.

Is there anything we need to do for God to understand our situation? Why?

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Psalm 142:3 In the depth of my despair, you understood my situation, where people had laid a trap in my path.
Matthew 6:8 Do not be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask.
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Psalm 142:3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.
Matthew 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

How should we feel when we have been forsaken?

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Psalm 142:4–5 I looked to my right and left but saw no one to help me. There was no escape. No one cared. So I cried out to you, saying, “Lord, you are my protection, my only hope for life.
2 Timothy 4:9–10 Do your best to visit me right away. Demas has deserted me for the pleasures of this world, going to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
Hebrews 13:5 Don’t be greedy, wanting what others have, but be content with whatever God provides, for he has said he will never leave us. He will never forsake us as orphans.
King James
Psalm 142:4–5 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.
2 Timothy 4:9–10 Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

After crying out to the Lord, where can we find hope?

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Psalm 142:5–6 So I cried out to you, saying, “Lord, you are my protection, my only hope for life.
“Help me, for I am desperate, with nowhere else to turn. Save me from those who pursue me, for I lack the strength to defeat them.”
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Psalm 142:5–6 I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living. Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.

While waiting for God to set us free, what do we have to praise God for?

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Psalm 142:7 “Set me free so I may praise you for your greatness, giving testimony of your bountiful kindness.”
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Psalm 142:7 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.