A David Psalm 86 1Bend an ear, God; answer me. I’m one miserable wretch! 2Keep me safe—haven’t I lived a good life? Help your servant—I’m depending on you! 3You’re my God; have mercy on me. I count on you from morning to night. 4Give your servant a happy life; I put myself in your hands! 5You’re well–known as good and forgiving, bighearted to all who ask for help. 6Pay attention, God, to my prayer; bend down and listen to my cry for help. 7Every time I’m in trouble I call on you, confident that you’ll answer. 8There’s no one quite like you among the gods, O Lord, and nothing to compare with your works. 9All the nations you made are on their way, ready to give honor to you, O Lord, Ready to put your beauty on display, 10parading your greatness, And the great things you do— God, you’re the one, there’s no one but you! 11Train 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. 12From the bottom of my heart I thank you, dear Lord; I’ve never kept secret what you’re up to. 13You’ve always been great toward me—what love! You snatched me from the brink of disaster! 14God, these bullies have reared their heads! A gang of thugs is after me— and they don’t care a thing about you. 15But you, O God, are both tender and kind, not easily angered, immense in love, and you never, never quit. 16So look me in the eye and show kindness, give your servant the strength to go on, save your dear, dear child! 17Make 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.
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