Turn you to me, and have mercy on me; for I am desolate and afflicted.…
I wonder if they are able to say of us in the time of sorrow and bereavement and trouble, "Behold, he prayeth." Those travellers, as they pass, are suddenly arrested by a sound that is strange to them, and they ask what it is. It is David at his prayers. Ah, he is all right! Pray on, David; do not be ashamed of your voice — let it sound out. It is nobler thus to pray, than with loud, uplifted voice to give the command to thine armies to fall in to the front: and David's voice had done that for many a day. A ringing, clarion peal the warrior had given in his time: "Fall in to the front. They loved to ear it in Israel. When the king spake, it reminded them of the old days when the right arm of the young warrior did valiant things for Jehovah; and they liked to hear his voice rise above the din of battle: but it is nobler, kinglier, and far more grand to hear the old king with his quavering voice lifted up in prayer.
Parallel VersesKJV: Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.