1 Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
2 Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; 3 have mercy on me, Lord,
for I call to you all day long.
4 Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
for I put my trust in you.
5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
6 Hear my prayer, Lord;
listen to my cry for mercy.
7 When I am in distress, I call to you,
because you answer me.
I didn’t sleep well last night, or the night before. I woke up early this morning feeling beaten down, defeated, and miserable. I tried to remind myself that God “made this day” (Psalm 118:24) and that reality alone should fill me with joy and happiness, but it didn’t. Instead of opening up my Bible, I turned on the news and that only served to depress me further, as I began to question why so many good people must endure terrible suffering and horrific deaths. I turned off the television and sat down at the kitchen table and opened up my Bible to a random page. Psalm 86 was the place where my eyes were immediately drawn to, and as it often happens, this was a passage that I needed to read and reread this morning. For those of you that are hurting in some way today, I hope that this passage will give you the encouragement that you need to push forward in your daily walk with God.
Psalm 86:1: Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
In this psalm, a prayer of King David, the writer is crying out for God to “hear” him and to “answer” him. David acknowledges that he is “poor” in spirit and he needs God, who alone can carry him through this particular day. Like David, we want God to answer us and we want to believe that God hears us. However, when God is silent, we tend to struggle more with our anxieties and our worries. We know deep in our soul that we need God in order to just make it through one more difficult day.
Psalm 86:2: Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you.
Many of us pray daily for God to guard the lives of our family, I know that I certainly do. As I live out my life, attempting to remain faithful to God in all that I do, I also trust that God is continually watching over my family.
Psalm 86:3-4: Have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you.
Many of us cry out to God for mercy throughout our day. We feel like the world that we live in is out to get us – constantly making our lives difficult, and at times – joyless. It is God and God alone, who can take away the pain and suffering of this world and bring joy and peace to our hearts. As believers, we trust that God always has our best interests in mind.
Psalm 86:5: You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.
Like David, we must pray out of confidence that God, who is eternally good and loving, will answer our prayers. Still, our prayers may not be answered in the way that we had hoped, but they will be answered in the way that is best for us, because God cares for us and loves us and He will do what is best for us.
Psalm 86:6-7: Hear my prayer, Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.
We all have worries, doubts, and needs. It is out of those needs that we pray to God for mercy. As children of God, we know that we can call upon God during times of distress, confident that God will answer us. For me, that “answer” usually comes in a feeling of peace and comfort that God sends upon me. That is God’s way of letting me know that He is in control of my situation and will lift those burdens from me.
1 Peter 5:7: “Cast all your anxieties on him because he cares for you.”
This is the difficult part for me, to actually let go of my anxieties, my worries and my burdens and give them over to God. Is there a worry or a burden in your life that you need to release to God? He is waiting to take that burden from you and to give you the comfort and peace that only God can provide. It may take a while to heal from the burden that you have been carrying but know that God is there with you, every step of the way. Live out your life with the knowledge that God’s love is abounding and everlasting for those who are faithful and place their trust in Him.
The following song is one that I have shared before and I am doing so again. It just fits so perfectly with what I have written today about having a strong faith and trust in God. I hope that you will listen to the words of this song to give you further inspiration and encouragement in your daily walk with God. May God bless you and keep you in His care today and every day! Amen.