PSALM 86#An individual lament. The psalmist, “poor and oppressed” (Ps 86:1), “devoted” (Ps 86:2), “your servant” (Ps 86:2, 4, 16), “rescued…from the depths of Sheol” (Ps 86:13), attacked by the ruthless (Ps 86:14), desires only God’s protection (Ps 86:1–7, 11–17).
Prayer in Time of Distress
1A prayer of David.
Incline your ear, Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and oppressed.
2Preserve my life, for I am devoted;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; 3be gracious to me, Lord;
to you I call all the day.
4Gladden the soul of your servant;
to you, Lord, I lift up my soul.#a. [86:4] Ps 25:1; 143:8.
5Lord, you are good and forgiving,
most merciful to all who call on you.#b. [86:5] Jl 2:13.
6Lord, hear my prayer;
listen to my cry for help.#c. [86:6] Ps 5:2; 130:1–2.
7On the day of my distress I call to you,
for you will answer me.
8None among the gods can equal you, O Lord;
nor can their deeds compare to yours.#d. [86:8] Ps 35:10; 89:9; Ex 15:11; Dt 3:24; Jer 10:6.
9All the nations you have made shall come
to bow before you, Lord,
and give honor to your name.#e. [86:9] Ps 22:28; Zec 14:16; Rev 15:4.
10For you are great and do wondrous deeds;
and you alone are God.
11Teach me, Lord, your way
that I may walk in your truth,#f. [86:11] Ps 25:4; 26:3; 27:11; 119:12, 35; 143:8, 10.
single-hearted and revering your name.
12I will praise you with all my heart,
glorify your name forever, Lord my God.
13Your mercy to me is great;
you have rescued me from the depths of Sheol.#g. [86:13] Ps 30:4; 40:3; Jon 2:7.
14O God, the arrogant have risen against me;
a ruthless band has sought my life;
to you they pay no heed.
15But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in mercy and truth.#h. [86:15] Ps 103:8; 130:7; 145:8; Ex 34:6.
16Turn to me, be gracious to me;
give your strength to your servant;
save the son of your handmaid.#i. [86:16] Ps 25:16; 116:16; Wis 9:5.
17Give me a sign of your favor:
make my enemies see, to their confusion,
that you, Lord, help and comfort me.
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