Psongs of Psummer Psalm 86

We will again be organizing a playlist for the psummer and you are invited to join along. This Sunday our psong of psummer from the psalms is Psalm 86. You’re invited then to listen to the sermon again online from Sunday, read Psalm 86 (see below) and then “dig deeper” with us with the questions below.

Psalm 86

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. 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! 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.  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.

Digging Deeper

Take time to read Psalm 86 each day this week.  Draw close to God spending time in prayer and waiting.

  1. What is David’s tone of voice in this psalm: confident, pleading, demanding, or whining?
  2. Make a list of God’s character qualities found within the psalm.
  3. Why do you think David repeats these attributes of God? Who is he trying to remind about the greatness of God?
  4. Can you think of a time in your life when you have experienced God as “tender and kind, not easily angered, immense in love”
  5. Spend a few minutes thanking God for not ever quitting on you.

 

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