I Call on You
Psalm 86:1-13,15-16 March 11 2012
A Prayer of David.
These verses teach us what’s important about the person who prays. He or she is to *come empty, as one who is poor and needy;*come committed, as one who is devoted to God; *come confidently, as one who trusts in God; *come, calling constantly.
When this kind of person lifts up his or her soul to the Lord, God hears.
1.The psalmist pleads his earnestness, and the mercy of God, as reasons why his prayer should be heard. (Psalms 86 :1-7)
Psalm 86:1 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! 3Be 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.
Our poverty and wretchedness, when felt, powerfully plead in our behalf at the throne of grace. The best self-preservation is to commit ourselves to God’s keeping. I am one whom thou favourest, hast set apart for thyself, and made partaker of sanctifying grace. It is a great encouragement to prayer, to feel that we have received the converting grace of God, have learned to trust in him, and to be his servants. We may expect comfort from God, when we keep up our communion with God. God’s goodness appears in two things, in giving and forgiving. Whatever others do, let us call upon God, and commit our case to him; we shall not seek in vain.
2.He renews his requests for help and comfort. (Psalms 86:8-17)
Psalm 86:8 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, Long suffering 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.
Our God alone possesses almighty power and infinite love. Christ is the way and the truth. And the believing soul will be more desirous to be taught the way and the truth. And the believing soul will be more desirous to be taught the way and the truth of God, in order to walk therein, than to be delivered out of earthly distress. Those who set not the Lord before them, seek after believers’ souls; but the compassion, mercy, and truth of God, will be their refuge and consolation. And those whose parents were the servants of the Lord, may urge this as a plea why he should hear and help them. In considering David’s experience, and that of the believer, we must not lose sight of Him, who though he was rich, for our sakes became poor, that we through his poverty might be rich.
This psalm is entitled “a prayer of David;” probably it was not penned upon any particular occasion, but was a prayer he often used himself, and recommended to others for their use, especially in a day of affliction. Many think that David penned this prayer as a type of Christ, “who in the days of his flesh offered up strong cries,” Heb. 5:7 . David, in this prayer (according to the nature of that duty), I. Gives glory to God . II. Seeks for grace and favour from God, that God would hear his prayers , preserve and save him, and be merciful to him , that he would give him joy, and grace, and strength, and put honour upon him . He pleads God’s goodness and the malice of his enemies . In singing this we must, as David did, lift up our souls to God with application.