Psalms 142:4 NASB
Look to the right and see;
For there is no one who regards me;
There is no escape for me;
No one cares for my soul.
Nobody asks for me. No, those are not my words. They are found in Psalm 142:4.
When you have recently become ill, or when you have suffered a great loss, people will come and look you up. But over time, the number of visits diminishes. People have become accustomed to your condition.
And if your illness is just as bad as it was in the beginning, then you feel the loneliness all the more. Then someone may give the same sigh as David did when he was in the cave: Nobody asks for me.
We run the risk of being irritated.
Silently or openly accusing our relatives or friends of lack of compassion.
Thus we become complainers about our fate.
Do you know what David did?
He did not complain about his need for people.
Verse 5 says, “To You I cry, Lord!”
Psalms 142:5 NASB
I cried out to You, O Lord;
I said, “You are my refuge,
My portion in the land of the living.
More people pray in caverns than in palaces.
The need to pray is greater in the sickroom than in the workshop, kitchen or office.
That is the benefit of caverns and sick rooms.
David told the Lord how hard it was for him.
He poured out his complaint before God, he made his distress known to Him.
Would God listen to him?
He always does, without failing!
Only once did God have to remain deaf.
That was when His own Son, the Lord Jesus, cried out to Him, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?“
But that was to be able to save us, to be able to listen to us.
Will not He that spared his own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, with Him not give us all things?
He listens to your fears, willing to help you. Only perhaps in a completely different way than you think. No one came to comfort David then either.
We read in 1 Samuel 22:1-5 who did come to him.
Besides his family, many came to him who had problems of their own.
Have they comforted David?
No, he had to comfort and encourage them.
That was different from what David thought and perhaps had hoped for. Yet it was an answer to his prayer. Thus God lifted David’s loneliness. He also wants to do it for us.
By pointing out others with similar concerns and problems.
If no one asks about you, ask about others yourself. Just like the Lord Jesus did.
No one asked for Him, no one sought Him. We neither.
He asked about us. He’s looking for us. By speaking about Him, who and what He is and wants to be for us, we receive a blessing ourselves. We often talk about “community”. The best fellowship is with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ (1 John 1: 4).
Where this community is enjoyed, there is no loneliness.
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