Psalms – Prayers of Honesty and Praise
We have all been to the point of disgrace and humiliation in our lives. If you have not, then you are either to young to know, too lazy to work hard enough fail, to make someone jealous or mad, or you are in complete denial about life. It happens to all of us if we admit the warfare we are in daily. We go our own way for just so long, then BAM, God steps in to set us right again–if we let Him.
Psalm-86-15-love-and-grace.jpgThis is called amazing grace by the Creator of the world who loves us enough to confront us or lets us live, for awhile, in the consequences of our sin, before calling us back to Him. Are we waiting on Him or is He waiting on us to call to Him? Mm.
As we read David’s prayer of praise to the One and Only who brought him through war and back again, in the center of God’s love and care, we hear this song in our own hearts as call to the Lord in times of trouble…
Who breaks the power of sin and darkness
Whose love is mighty and so much stronger
The King of Glory, the King above all kings
Who shakes the whole earth with holy thunder
And leaves us breathless in awe and wonder
The King of Glory, the King above all kings
Psalm 86 graceThis is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You lay down Your life
That I would be set free
Oh, Jesus, I sing for
All that You’ve done for me
Who brings our chaos back into order
Who makes the orphan a son and daughter
The King of Glory, the King of Glory
Who rules the nations with truth and justice
Shines like the sun in all of its brilliance
The King of Glory, the King above all kings
This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You…
Psalm 86, The Message
A David Psalm
Psalm 86 you alone1-7 Bend an ear, God; answer me.
I’m one miserable wretch!
Keep me safe—haven’t I lived a good life?
Help your servant—I’m depending on you!
You’re my God; have mercy on me.
I count on you from morning to night.
Give your servant a happy life;
I put myself in your hands!
You’re well-known as good and forgiving,
bighearted to all who ask for help.
Pay attention, God, to my prayer;
bend down and listen to my cry for help.
Every time I’m in trouble I call on you,
confident that you’ll answer.
Psalm 86 You are my God8-10 There’s no one quite like you among the gods, O Lord,
and nothing to compare with your works.
All the nations you made are on their way,
ready to give honor to you, O Lord,
Ready to put your beauty on display,
parading your greatness,
And the great things you do—
God, you’re the one, there’s no one but you!
Psalm 86 teach me11-17 Train me, God, to walk straight;
then I’ll follow your true path.
Put me together, one heart and mind;
then, undivided, I’ll worship in joyful fear.
From the bottom of my heart I thank you, dear Lord;
I’ve never kept secret what you’re up to.
You’ve always been great toward me—what love!
You snatched me from the brink of disaster!
God, these bullies have reared their heads!
A gang of thugs is after me—
and they don’t care a thing about you.
But you, O God, are both tender and kind,
not easily angered, immense in love,
and you never, never quit.
Psalm 86 11 heart
So look me in the eye and show kindness,
give your servant the strength to go on,
save your dear, dear child!
Make a show of how much you love me
so the bullies who hate me will stand there slack-jawed,
As you, God, gently and powerfully
put me back on my feet.
YES…THIS is amazing grace!
At a time of danger, when he felt inadequate to face the battle, David found three encouragements in the Lord that also help us today!
Psalm 86 13 love1. God’s Covenant Is Secure (vv. 1-7).
David pleaded for help on the basis of his covenant relationship with the Lord, just as believers today pray in the name of Jesus and on the basis of His covenant of grace.
There are at least fourteen personal requests in the psalm, which suggests to us that effective praying is specific. David “cried [called]” and the Lord answered.
2. God’s Character Is Unchanging (vv. 8-13).
David had learned much about God’s character and the way He works in the lives of His people. God is great in who He is and what He does, and the false gods of all the nations are nothing.
David focused on his own walk with the Lord. After he was delivered from danger, he wanted to walk so as to please and honor the Lord.
A perfect heart is a sincere heart that loves God alone and is true to Him (James 1:8, also Deuteronomy). David, also a prophet, promised to praise God forever for delivering him from the grave, a hint here of future resurrection of Jesus!
Psalm 86 glory to God
3. God’s Glory Shall Prevail (vv. 14-17).
David’s enemies were proud of themselves and their abilities, violent, and totally ignorant of and indifferent to the God of Israel. But David looked away from them to the Lord, who had saved and guided him all his life.
The apostle Paul tells us that knowing these attributes of God ought to lead people to repentance (Rom. 2:4).  David wanted his deliverance to bring glory to the Lord and to demonstrate to the nations that Jehovah alone was God. It wasn’t just warfare; it was witness, a “sign” of the goodness of the Lord to David. It was his way of praying, “Hallowed be thy name” (Matt. 6:9). When our requests are in God’s will and glorify His name, we can be sure He will answer.
Often my prayers for help end in, “May YOUR (God) glory be seen in this!”
Yes, this is amazing grace!
Psalm 86 your willThis psalm depicts David as inadequate to face a battle. Is a sense of inadequacy helpful or harmful when we face life’s battles? Explain.
What characteristics of God, cited in this psalm, strengthen your faith?
Why is it good to know “there is none like you, O Lord”?
David asked God to grant him His strength. For what specific task or trial do you need God’s strength?
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your amazing grace that is given daily in all the details of our lives. You are The One and Only God…and we are not. There is no one like You, dear Lord! I love you with all my heart, mind and soul. I am listening for you. I will be looking for you around every corner of today. May your glory be seen in me. Thank you for saving our souls and making us whole.
In Jesus Name, Amen
Psalm 86 amazing grace
Amazing Grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now I’m found
Was blind but now I see!
My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace
This is amazing, reckless love…
Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to me
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah
When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me
You have been so, so good to me
When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me
You have been so, so kind to me
Psalm 86 love of GodAnd oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
And I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah
There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me
There’s no wall You won’t kick down
Lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me….

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Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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