Psalm 86: 1-10, 16-17
Hear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen for my cry for mercy. In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me.
Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.
Turn to me and have mercy on me; grant your strength to your servant and save the son of your maidservant. Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.
David, when he finds his life in danger of his enemies, cries out to his compassionate, merciful God, knowing God will hear and answer his prayer. David reminds God that he is in need; he is devoted to him; he trusts in him; God is forgiving and good abounding in love; there is no other God; all nations will come and worship him for his great and marvelous deeds. My thought is that David has found the key to God’s heart–love, prayer and praise.
Yes, Father, we lift up our soul to you in praise while we cry out to you in need of your love and mercy. Fill our life with your love, joy and give us strength to be your servant in obedience of your word especially in this time of unrest all around us. Help us to share your hope with others that they too will come and worship before you. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.