I love the title of this one, “Regarding his Experience in the Cave”. I’ve been in caves, not true spelunking, although I’ve seen pictures of those who do. I had never thought myself afflicted with any form of claustrophobia until I took my three little girls adventuring through Wolf Cave in Indiana’s McCormick’s Creek State Park. Even though I knew it was safe, the dark, tight turns were an experience I’ll never forget. Some of the cave experiences we go through in life are not quite so safe, at least it doesn’t seem that way at the time. I like how the author here refers to this as “the” cave, not merely “a” cave. We can all relate to that. Some of us have gotten through, some of us are still inside where it’s dark.
Here’s one spiritual spelunker’s take on it all:
A psalm of David, regarding his experience in the cave. A prayer.
I cry out to the Lord;
I plead for the Lord’s mercy.
I pour out my complaints before him
and tell him all my troubles.
When I am overwhelmed,
you alone know the way I should turn.
Wherever I go,
my enemies have set traps for me.
I look for someone to come and help me,
but no one gives me a passing thought!
No one will help me;
no one cares a bit what happens to me.
Then I pray to you, O Lord.
I say, “You are my place of refuge.
You are all I really want in life.
Hear my cry,
for I am very low.
Rescue me from my persecutors,
for they are too strong for me.
Bring me out of prison
so I can thank you.
The godly will crowd around me,
for you are good to me.”
And—just in case you’re one who is still hiding out in the cave, Psalm 143 isn’t half bad either. Same author, (and same Author…)
Psalm 142 Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.