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Psalm 86: Prayer in Suffering and Distress

Friday, January 19, 2018

A Favorite from January 14, 2008.

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.

And you are the only one who understands my depths.

You are my God; have pity on me, O Lord, for to you I cry all the day long.

Yet I know that you always answer.

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and listen to my voice in supplication,

I ask your help because I have nowhere else to turn.

In the time of trouble I call to you, for you will answer me.

I am confident in this.

For you are great and you do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.

There is no other God before you.

Teach me your ways, O Lord, so that I may walk in your truth;

Because there is no other Way to walk.

Let me worship your name with an undivided heart.

So keep me from seeking revenge or from wishing my enemies harm in any way.

Your kindness toward me is great; you have rescued me from the depths of the netherworld.

I remember all of these times with a grateful heart.

Arrogant men are rising against me, O God;

They come with their friends to take delight in my faltering.

Turn to me and grant me your gracious favor;

Because there is no other place of refuge.

Endow your servant with strength,

So that I might do your will according to your plan.

Grant me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame,

For I know they will listen to no one else.

Because you, O Lord, have helped and comforted me.

And my grateful heart rejoices in this.


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