Saturday 9 July 2022

Psalm 86

A prayer of David. 1 Hear me, LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. 2 Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; 3 have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to you all day long. 4 Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you. 5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. 6 Hear my prayer, LORD; listen to my cry for mercy. 7 When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me. 8 Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. 9 All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name. 10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. 11 Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. 12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. 13 For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead. 14 Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God; ruthless people are trying to kill me— they have no regard for you. 15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. 16 Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength in behalf of your servant; save me, because I serve you just as my mother did. 17 Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

As I sit and reflect on this Psalm, I have read it over and over. Sometimes when I read God’s word, it takes a while, and some time in prayer, before I get clarity on what God is trying to say.

What started to jump out at me is that the Psalmist, David, uses the personal pronouns I, me, my in this Psalm, but equally he uses a lot of You, Your and LORD. 

As I pray along with this Psalm, I’m awestruck by the might and awe of God, and how, even in my greatest moments, He is so much greater, so much more worthy. I need Him in every aspect of my life. 

LORD, may I decrease, and You increase 

Written by Ps Justin Ware

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