Psalm 86: A cry for help

Listen to me, LORD, and answer me, for I am helpless and weak. 

Save me from death, because I am loyal to you; save me, for I am your servant and I trust in you.

You are my God, so be merciful to me; I pray to you all day long. Make your servant glad, O Lord, because my prayers go up to you.

You are good to us and forgiving, full of constant love for all who pray to you. 

Listen, LORD, to my prayer;  hear my cries for help. I call to you in times of trouble, because you answer my prayers.

There is no god like you, O Lord, not one has done what you have done. All the nations that you have created will come and bow down to you; they will praise your greatness.

You are mighty and do wonderful things; you alone are God.

Teach me, LORD, what you want me to do, and I will obey you faithfully; teach me to serve you with complete devotion.

I will praise you with all my heart, O Lord my God; I will proclaim your greatness forever.

How great is your constant love for me! You have saved me from the grave itself. Proud people are coming against me, O God; a cruel gang is trying to kill me— people who pay no attention to you. But you, O Lord, are a merciful and loving God, always patient, always kind and faithful.

Turn to me and have mercy on me; strengthen me and save me, because I serve you just as my mother did.

Show me proof of your goodness, LORD; those who hate me will be ashamed when they see that you have given me comfort and help. Amen.


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