A Daily Fortress
Psalm 86 is a fortress to dependent humility. It permits no breaches of pride and allows no misunderstandings of God.
It is a plea that grabs my soul and throws me knee-bound to the floor in an impotent trust.
This Psalm is my way for each day.
Psalm 86 is a prayer of King David ... if it is a prayer sufficient for Israel's king it surely is too for me (and you?).
Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am devoted to you;
save your servant who trusts in you
You are my God; 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.
You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, Lord;
listen to my cry for mercy.
When I am in distress, I call to you,
because you answer me.
Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;
no deeds can compare with yours.
All the nations you have made
will come and worship before you, Lord;
they will bring glory to your name.
For you are great and do marvellous deeds;
you alone are God.
Teach me your way, Lord,
that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.
For great is your love toward me;
Daily, Psalm 86 has been the power of His word to protect my steps. It is the hobnails in my mountain boots and the guard rail when tempting slips occur.
I have found this Psalm to be the very best way to buttress my day and secure my heart.
I have prayed Psalm 86 for a long time now. It is my intention to continue this habit. Would you like to join in too?
(Maybe you too have a favorite Psalm - please share this so the world can know.)
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SOLITUDE = finding and then giving space to God.
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