Psalm 86

A Prayer of David.

1 Bow down Your ear, O LORD, hear me; for I am poor and needy.

2 Preserve my life, for I am holy; You are my God; save Your servant who trusts in You!

3 Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I cry to You all day long.

4 Rejoice the soul of Your servant, for to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.

6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.

7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, for You will answer me.

8 Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord; nor are there any works like Your works.

9 All nations whom 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; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.

12 I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore.

13 For great is Your mercy toward me, and You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14 O God, the proud have risen against me, and a mob of violent men have sought my life, and have not set You before them.

15 But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.

16 Oh, turn to me, and have mercy on me! Give Your strength to Your servant, and save the son of Your maidservant.

17 Show me a sign for good, that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, because You, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

 

There is an interesting turn of phrase in verse four.  “Rejoice the soul of Your servant, for to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.”  I can’t even count the number of times I read “I rejoice” or “My soul rejoices” in my trek through the Psalms.  Perhaps that is why this one jumped out at me as unique.  It’s like David is saying, “God I’m tired.  I want to rejoice, but right now I just don’t have the strength, can you do it for me?”  That is what makes the fact that we have a God who knows firsthand how exhausting it can be to just be human so awesome.  He knows that the spirit may be willing, but the flesh is just quite simply out of gas.  He doesn’t fault us for it.  If anything it endears us all the more to Him when we want to go farther that we are capable of, and we are relying on Him to bridge the gap.  He is not only the God who forgives sins, but the God who can cheer you up when you need it.

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