Psalm 86

The LORD is kind. He is ready to forgive and abounding in love. David foresees that all nations will come and worship before the LORD.




A Prayer by David.


VERSE 1. Hear, LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.


VERSE 2. Preserve my soul, for I am godly. You, my God, save your servant who trusts in you.


VERSE 3. Be merciful to me, Lord, for I call to you all day long.


VERSE 4. Bring joy to the soul of your servant, for to you, Lord, do I lift up my soul.


VERSE 5. For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; abundant in loving kindness to all those who call on you.


VERSE 6. Hear, LORD, my prayer. Listen to the voice of my petitions.


VERSE 7. In the day of my trouble I will call on you, for you will answer me.


VERSE 8. There is no one like you among the gods, Lord, nor any deeds like your deeds.


VERSE 9. All nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord. They shall glorify your name.

All nations you have made. David is referring to the Gentiles.

will come and worship before you. David is writing as a prophet. He foresees the day when Gentiles throughout the world will come to faith in the One God.


VERSE 10. For you are great, and do wondrous things. You are God alone.


VERSE 11. Teach me your way, LORD. I will walk in your truth. Make my heart undivided to fear your name.


VERSE 12. I will praise you, Lord my God, with my whole heart. I will glorify your name forever more.


VERSE 13. For your loving kindness is great toward me. You have delivered my soul from the lowest Sheol.

your loving kindness is great toward me. David knew by experience that God’s love for him was great. Have you had an experience of God’s love?

delivered my soul from the lowest Sheol. The New Testament describes heaven and eternal life. But what does the Old Testament say about life after death? Read more »


VERSE 14. God, the proud have risen up against me. A company of violent men have sought after my soul, and they don’t hold regard for you before them.


VERSE 15. But you, Lord, are a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness and truth.


VERSE 16. Turn to me, and have mercy on me! Give your strength to your servant. Save the son of your servant.


VERSE 17. Show me a sign of your goodness, that those who hate me may see it, and be shamed, because you, LORD, have helped me, and comforted me.


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