In Psalm 142:6 David makes his request to God: “Give heed to my cry, for I am brought very low; deliver me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me.” Here David asks God for help, on the basis that He was his refuge and portion (:5). And in his request he indicates how deep his trouble was. He says: “I am brought very low” and asks the Lord to deliver him from his persecutors, “for they are too strong for me.” The introduction to the Psalm gives us a little more information. It says that the occasion of this Psalm was when David was “in the cave.” I Samuel 22:1 and 24:3 each describe such occasions, when David hid in a cave because Saul and his much larger army was hunting him. This is significant. David admits here that the enemies that he faces are too much for him to handle — that is why he so desperately needs God to act on his behalf, and thus the occasion for his prayer.
We surely know that we face similar situations in life —
perhaps not with a literal army chasing us down, like David did — but overwhelming nonetheless. We get in situations where we are “over our head” and “unable to handle it”. In those times, we need to do what David did: call out to God and ask Him to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. We should pray, as David does in Psalm 142, that God would deliver us from those (people, situations, circumstances) which “are too strong for me.” God can and will do that, especially when we have the commitment to Him like David did, to be our “refuge” and “portion.” It is NOT, as “pop religion” falsely proclaims, that “God won’t give you any more than you can handle.” Rather, He often DOES indeed allow “more than we can handle” — to induce us to call on Him, and find that He will do for us what we cannot do for ourselves!