As we go through life, we will face various trials, problems, and opposition. It is so good to know that when we do face hardship, we have a loving Father in Heaven who will hear our cries and meet our needs. Today our passage is the entire 86th chapter of Psalms. This is a prayer of David that you and I can pray for ourselves when we are in need.
Bow down Your ear, O Lord, hear me;
For I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am holy;
You are my God;
Save Your servant who trusts in You!
Be merciful to me, O Lord,
For I cry to You all day long.
Rejoice the soul of Your servant,
For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,
And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
And attend to the voice of my supplications.
In the day of my trouble I will call upon You,
For You will answer me.
Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord;
Nor are there any works like Your works.
All nations whom You have made
Shall come and worship before You, O Lord,
And shall glorify Your name.
For You are great, and do wondrous things;
You alone are God.
Teach me Your way, O Lord;
I will walk in Your truth;
Unite my heart to fear Your name.
I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
And I will glorify Your name forevermore.
For great is Your mercy toward me,
And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
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.
But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious,
Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.
Oh, turn to me, and have mercy on me!
Give Your strength to Your servant,
And save the son of Your maidservant.
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.
PSALM 86 (NKJV)
As David cries out to God, I think we can see three things that we need to apply to our prayer lives. David knew who God was. He calls him Lord, which suggests that he is humbling himself and honoring God. David also stated that there were no other gods like God. As we pray to God, we need to remember to reverence Him and respect Him. David even referred to himself as a servant to show his respect to God. God is God. Scripture tells us to fear Him. I believe that fear is an awe and respect that we should have towards God. When we pray we need to know who we are praying to, The Great I Am, and show the due respect and honor to Him. The second thing that we learn from David’s prayer is what God’s character is and His capabilities. David uses words that describe God, like good, forgiving, merciful, compassionate and gracious. He also states that “no works are like your works” and uses the phrase “the nations whom you have made”. David acknowledges the works of God and what He is capable of. The fact that he is praying for help, even suggests that David knew the God was capable of handling his problems. When we acknowledge what God is capable of and His character that displays His affection for us, His creation, it should increase our faith. When David combined God’s mercy with God’s power, he was confident that God would see him through his problems. Today, when we pray, let us pray in faith knowing that God The Creator and God the Merciful are the same God. He is powerful enough to meet our needs and loving enough to want to meet our needs. David’s faith was also shown as he said, “In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, For You will answer me.” David was confident in who God was and how God would respond to his faith and trust in the Him. The third thing we can learn from this prayer is the importance of worship. David did not just give God a laundry list of needs, but worshiped Him. Don’t’ get me wrong, God does want to hear our problems and he takes joy when we run to Him, but we need to worship Him anytime we sit in His presence. Throughout this passage, David exalted and worshiped God. Today, as we pray, I hope we can all acknowledge WHO GOD IS, HIS CHARACTER AND CAPABILITIES, and WORSHIP HIM. Today, as we close this devotion in prayer, I want us to use the Lord’s Prayer. Even in this model that Jesus gave us, we can see these three lessons that we have learned in this prayer of David. Who is God, what is His character and capabilities and the inclusion of worship in prayer.
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.