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1 (A Prayer of David.) Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.

2 Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.

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

4 Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

6 Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.

7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.

8 Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.

9 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.

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

11 Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.

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

14 O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.

15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

16 O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.

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

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

  • Isaac
    It a blessing just by reading it.
  • Patricia Bryant
    I am blessed reading these comments
    God bless each one of you.
  • Winsome Douglas
    V.7 of this psalms give thy strength onto thy servent. Who truseth in thee .I try to read it every day . God is mercyfull on us all that trust in him Amen
  • Meena
    I have been struggling with a situation that occurred in my church recently , but this psalm has helped me so much I also shared it with the rest of the church and we are all blessed and encouraged by it , the words of the Lord is truly amazing, Praise God and thank you
  • Daisy Santos
    Gods mercies are new every morning and His love is immanent Give thanks for He is good and His mercy endures forever Amen
  • Matt
    We can be grateful that Jehovah is ready to forgive! He is on the lookout for any evidence that would provide a basis for him to show mercy to a repentant wrongdoer. This really shows us how loving Jehovah God is.
  • BSP
    Verse 5 shows that God is ready to forgive. He is on the lookout for any evidence for him to show mercy to repentant ones.
  • Emeka
    i love read the world of God.it give me spiritual power and make me grow.it only for reading but i impart it in my daily living.i love this shearing and wish to continue with it.from jude eze

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