Reading: Psalm 86: 1-10 and 16-17
Verse One: Hear me, O Lord, and answer me.
This Psalm is personal. It is built upon a relationship that has grown and developed over years. It is not a shallow relationship or a ‘foxhole prayer’ – a prayer of desperation thrown up by one who regularly lives outside a relationship with God. David is intimate with God. Verses two through four bear witness to this. He is devoted to God, calls out all day long, and lifts his soul to God. Verse one reads, “Hear me, O Lord, and answer me”. David is confident in his right to seek God. Not only that, one can sense the solid belief that God will answer. We too can have such a relationship with God. We grow and develop our relationship with God through worship, daily time in the Bible, and by regular conversations with God.
As the Psalm unfolds, we see that David’s intimate connection to God is built upon God’s faithfulness and love. David describes God as forgiving, good, and abundant in love. He acknowledges God’s greatness and the miraculous deeds that God has done in caring for His servant David. David can look back and see how God was active and present over the course of his life. It reminds him of the covenant promise that God extends to all who trust in the Lord.
We too can choose to walk each day intimately connected to God. When this is our daily choice, we too will be able to look back and see God’s faithfulness and love at work in our lives. Each day may we choose to walk intimately with God, so that we too can pray, “Turn to me and have mercy on me, grant your strength to your servant”.