Psalm 86

Below is the full text from the New Living Translation of Psalm 86, which I read this morning. As often is the case, turning to the Psalms provides insight and comfort, and that is true of this prayer of David. I don’t know about you, but today, I am needing comfort and strength in the midst of difficulties. I hope this scripture is a help to you as it is to me.

1 Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer;
answer me, for I need your help.

2 Protect me, for I am devoted to you.
Save me, for I serve you and trust you.
You are my God.

3 Be merciful to me, O Lord,
for I am calling on you constantly.

4 Give me happiness, O Lord,
for I give myself to you.

5 O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,
so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.

6 Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord;
hear my urgent cry.

7 I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble,
and you will answer me.

8 No pagan god is like you, O Lord.
None can do what you do!

9 All the nations you made
will come and bow before you, Lord;
they will praise your holy name.

10 For you are great and perform wonderful deeds.
You alone are God.

11 Teach me your ways, O Lord,
that I may live according to your truth!
Grant me purity of heart,
so that I may honor you.

12 With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God.
I will give glory to your name forever,

13 for your love for me is very great.
You have rescued me from the depths of death.

14 O God, insolent people rise up against me;
a violent gang is trying to kill me.
You mean nothing to them.

15 But you, O Lord,
are a God of compassion and mercy,
slow to get angry
and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.

16 Look down and have mercy on me.
Give your strength to your servant;
save me, the son of your servant.

17 Send me a sign of your favor.
Then those who hate me will be put to shame,
for you, O Lord, help and comfort me.

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