Desperation

Prayer For Relief From Adversaries - Psalms 70:1 – 70:5 (commentary)

This brief Psalm records a prayer by David, asking for a quick rescue from his present circumstances (v. 1). The psalmist was desperate, his circumstances were urgent, his enemies were gloating over his misfortunes. God did not seem to be acting fast enough, this was an SOS …

David ’s Prayer in The Cave - Psalms 142:1 – 142:7 (commentary)

As in the previous Psalm, David explains his situation of being trapped in a cave in Engedi where he has fled to escape from Saul. There seemed to be no way of escape from his enemies David’s circumstances couldn’t be much worse. He is hiding out in a cave with the murderous King …

Admonition Against The Alliance - Isaiah 30:1 – 30:7 (commentary)

With the threat of the Assyrians under Sennacherib on their doorstep. Judah sought help through an alliance with Egypt, a waning power, instead of trusting the Lord (v. 1). They are determined to go down into Egypt and seek an alliance with the Egyptians to secure themselves agai …

Ben-Hadad’s Siege of Samaria - II Kings 6:24 – 6:33 (commentary)

Some time after the events just related, Ben-Hadad tried again to defeat Israel. This time he mobilized his entire army and besieged Samaria (v. 24). This kept up until there was nothing to eat in the city (v. 25) It was so severe that one donkey’s head, unclean to the Is …