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>Psalm 86

In Psalms, Theology on July 24, 2007 by mstevensrev

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86:1 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.

Listen up while I plead my case. First I got nothing, poverty and neediness are exactly what I am. So now that you get that let’s talk about the things I am good at? I trust you, I am crying out to you. I do not want to be forgotten by you. How does that work for you? Will you help me when I am in trouble.

Hear the desire in my heart, Lord. I want to know what it is that you require of me and then I want to do it. Isn’t that what God longs for. Teach me your ways and I will follow.

Things don’t always work out the way I hope…especially when it comes to people. You are really all the good things that I can think of, and because you are remind me of that as you smoke the suckers in my life.

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