The Psalms

Psalm 86

David strengthens his prayer by the consciousness of his religion, 1-4; by the goodness and power of God 5-10. He desires the continuance of former grace, 11-13. Complaining of the proud, he craves some token of God's goodness, 14-17.

1 [A Prayer of David.] Bow down your ear, O LORD. Hear me, for I am poor and needy.

2 Preserve my soul, for I am holy. O you, my God, save your servant who trusts in you.

3 Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I cry to you daily.

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 no one like you, O Lord, neither 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 are God alone.

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 your mercy is great toward me, and you have delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

14 O God, the proud have risen against me and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul. They have not set you before them.

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

16 O turn to me and have mercy upon me. Give your strength to your servant and save the son of your handmaid.

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


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 86


[v.9] - Quoted in Revelation 15:4.