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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

  • David on Psalms 86
    Thank lord I do believe you saved my life today. I will be stronger I will love and find my new way.
  • Hazel Carty on Psalms 86
    I cried unto thee day and night and though answer my prayer O Lord my strength and my redeemer
  • Bayode t.f on Psalms 86
    His mercy over me is great, and will always answer my petitions
  • Bayode t.f on Psalms 86
    The mercy of god towards men is great, and he will show it whom he loved .
  • Patty Tozi on Psalms 86
    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 on Psalms 86
    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 on Psalms 86
    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 on Psalms 86
    Verse 11: we walk in the truth by living according to the truths found in Jehovah God’s Word.
  • Georgia Herbert on Psalms 86
    I find psalm 86 to be very comforting because it reminds us of how abundant in mercy God is.
  • Agatha Benjamin on Psalms 86
    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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