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1 A prayer of Dauid. Bow downe thine eare, O Lord, heare me: for I am poore & needy.

2 Preserue my soule, for I am holy: O thou my God, saue thy seruant, that trusteth in thee.

3 Be merciful vnto me, O Lord: for I cry vnto thee daily.

4 Reioyce the soule of thy seruant: for vnto thee (O Lord) doe I lift vp my soule.

5 For thou Lord art good, and ready to forgiue: and plenteous in mercie vnto all them that call vpon thee.

6 Giue eare O Lord, vnto my prayer: and attend to the voice of my supplications.

7 In the day of my trouble I will call vpon thee: for thou wilt answere mee.

8 Among the gods there is none like vnto thee (O Lord:) neither are there any workes like vnto thy workes.

9 All nations whom thou hast made, shall come and worship before thee, O Lord: and shall glorifie thy Name.

10 For thou art great, and doest wonderous things: thou art God alone.

11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, I will walke in thy trueth: vnite my heart to feare thy Name.

12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I wil glorifie thy Name for euermore.

13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast deliuered my soule from the lowest hell.

14 O God, the proud are risen against mee, and the assemblies of violent men haue sought after my soule: and haue not set thee before them.

15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious: long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and trueth.

16 O turne vnto me, and haue mercie vpon me, giue thy strength vnto thy seruant: and saue the sonne of thine handmaid.

17 Shew me a token for good, that they which hate me may see it, and bee ashamed: because thou, Lord, hast holpen me, and comforted me.

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Commentary for Psalms 86

The psalmist pleads his earnestness, and the mercy of God, as reasons why his prayer should be heard. (1-7) He renews his requests for help and comfort. (8-17)

1-7 Our poverty and wretchedness, when felt, powerfully plead in our behalf at the throne of grace. The best self-preservation is to commit ourselves to God's keeping. I am one whom thou favourest, hast set apart for thyself, and made partaker of sanctifying grace. It is a great encouragement to prayer, to feel that we have received the converting grace of God, have learned to trust in him, and to be his servants. We may expect comfort from God, when we keep up our communion with God. God's goodness appears in two things, in giving and forgiving. Whatever others do, let us call upon God, and commit our case to him; we shall not seek in vain.

8-17 Our God alone possesses almighty power and infinite love. Christ is the way and the truth. And the believing soul will be more desirous to be taught the way and the truth. And the believing soul will be more desirous to be taught the way and the truth of God, in order to walk therein, than to be delivered out of earthly distress. Those who set not the Lord before them, seek after believers' souls; but the compassion, mercy, and truth of God, will be their refuge and consolation. And those whose parents were the servants of the Lord, may urge this as a plea why he should hear and help them. In considering David's experience, and that of the believer, we must not lose sight of Him, who though he was rich, for our sakes became poor, that we through his poverty might be rich.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 86

  • Patty Tozi
    My God is so special to me. He guides me to the needy and helpless. I sense their hearts. I ask my God to help me do the right thing to confort them for a while. He strengthens me to bring his Light upon them. I feel his light so strong wirh them when l do, it brings tears to my eyes. Our God is so Special when you get to walk side by side with him. Nothing will surprise you. Calmness only!!
  • I am that Michael Isaac Dale
    Being wicked, ye say, (a Type of CHRIST: who in the days of his flesh: Offered up Strong Cries:) O evil man: verily do I now say the Son of God IS come, even raised again from the dead, offering strong praise to my Holy Father daily. The living Word now says, For many deceivers ARE entered into the world, who CONFESS NOT that JESUS CHRIST IS COME in the flesh. This IS a deceiver and an antichrist.
  • Ivy Johnson
    This Psalm is Entitled “A PRAYER OF DAVID:” Probably it was not Penned upon any particular occasion: but was a Prayer he often used himself: and recommend to others for their use: Especially in days of affliction: Many think that David Penned this Prayer as a Type of CHRIST: who in the days of his flesh: Offered up Strong Cries: UNTO GOD: PETITIONS MADE TO GOD DAILY: ANSWERS:

  • BSP
    Verse 11: we walk in the truth by living according to the truths found in Jehovah God’s Word.
  • Georgia Herbert
    I find psalm 86 to be very comforting because it reminds us of how abundant in mercy God is.
  • Agatha Benjamin
    Psalm 86 tells us how much God cares and loves us.I enjoy reading it.From verse one to the end. God is assuring us that He will always be there for us, We just have to worship Him.He is our protector and our guidiance.

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