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86:1 Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.
86:2 Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.
86:3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.
86:4 Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
86:5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
86:6 Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.
86:7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.
86:8 Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.
86:9 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.
86:10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.
86:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
86:12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.
86:13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.
86:14 O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.
86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
86:16 O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.
86:17 Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.

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Everything King James Bible:Psalms
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Psalms
Book: Psalms
Chapter: 86

The psalmist pleads his earnestness, and the Mercy of God, as
reasons why his Prayer should be heard. (1-7) He renews his
requests for help and comfort. (8-17)

1-7 Our poverty and wretchedness, when felt, powerfully plead
in our behalf at the Throne of Grace. The best self-preservation
is to commit ourselves to God's keeping. I am one whom thou
favourest, hast set apart for thyself, and made partaker of
sanctifying Grace. It is a great encouragement to Prayer, to
feel that we have received the converting Grace of God, have
learned to trust in him, and to be his servants. We may expect
comfort from God, when we keep up our Communion with God. God's
Goodness appears in two things, in giving and forgiving.
Whatever others do, let us Call upon God, and commit our case to
him; we shall not seek in vain.

8-17 Our God alone possesses almighty power and infinite Love.
Christ is the way and the Truth. And the believing soul will be
more desirous to be taught the way and the Truth of God, in
order to walk therein, than to be delivered out of earthly
distress. Those who set not the Lord before them, seek after
believers' souls; but the compassion, Mercy, and Truth of God,
will be their Refuge and consolation. And those whose parents
were the servants of the Lord, may urge this as a plea why he
should hear and help them. In considering David's experience,
and that of the believer, we must not lose sight of Him, who
though he was rich, for our sakes became Poor, that we through
his poverty might be rich.

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