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Psalm 86 August 15, 2008

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Psalm 86 (English Standard Version)

Great Is Your Steadfast Love

A Prayer of David.

1 Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my life, for I am godly;
save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.
3 Be gracious to me, O Lord,
for to you do I cry all the day.
4 Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;
listen to my plea for grace.
7 In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
for you answer me.

8 There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
nor are there any works like yours.
9 All the nations you have made shall come
and worship before you, O Lord,
and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great and do wondrous things;
you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, O LORD,
that I may walk in your truth;
unite my heart to fear your name.
12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your steadfast love toward me;
you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14 O God, insolent men have risen up against me;
a band of ruthless men seeks my life,
and they do not set you before them.
15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me;
give your strength to your servant,
and save the son of your maidservant.
17 Show me a sign of your favor,
that those who hate me may see and be put to shame
because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

In the first section of this Psalm we see the importance of relying on God. God will save those who trust in him. How well this relates to Sola Fide or faith alone. God truly is ‘abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you’ providing salvation through his son Jesus.

The next section praises God for his uniqueness and power. David then asks the Lord to ‘Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth’. What other response should we give to one so loving and wise but to desire to know his ways and walk in them?

Finally David prays that God would allow his life to be a witness to ‘insolent men’. For God can grant strength so ‘those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me’. Again David knows that for this he must rely on the Lord’s help. Just as today we can be a witness only through the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit.

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