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Psalms 86:1 - 86:17
1. Hear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
2. Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you.
3. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long.
4. Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5. You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.
6. Hear my prayer, O LORD; listen to my cry for mercy.
7. In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me.
8. Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; no deeds can compare with yours.
9. All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name.
10. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.
11. Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
12. I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.
13. For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.
14. The arrogant are attacking me, O God; a band of ruthless men seeks my life-- men without regard for you.
15. But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
16. Turn to me and have mercy on me; grant your strength to your servant and save the son of your maidservant.
17. Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

Poor and Needy (86:1–7)
God does not disregard the cries of the poor and needy. His people can turn to Him for help when they are threatened and in distress. Those who are faithful to God and trust in Him can be reassured that when they cry out to Him, He will answer their earnest prayers. He is merciful and abounding in love. He listens to the cries of His people, and He will guard and save them. God’s goodness and steadfast love are comforting to us in times of distress because we know that our Father knows everything about us and cares for us. Those who continually seek His face will never fail to experience His grace and love.

None like You (86:8–17)
There is no one like our God. He does marvelous deeds and is the only One worthy of great praise. God has delivered His people from the depths. The psalmist therefore urges them to learn the ways of the Lord, walk in His truth, fear His name, and glorify Him. Ruthless enemies may try to attack without regard for the LORD, but God is compassionate and gracious. He gives strength to His servants and saves His people from their foes. He will fight for them against the threat of evil and help and comfort them. Though we may experience difficult seasons in our lives, they give us an opportunity to experience His power and grace. When we go through difficult times, it reminds us to rely on God’s faithfulness and to praise Him for all that He has done for us.
- When has God answered you in your time of distress? How can we also help others to turn to Him when they feel poor and needy?

- How have you relied on the Lord during difficult seasons of life? What did you learn during those times?
A Letter to God
Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that there is none like You. Nothing can compare to the great deeds You have done in my life. May I praise You and glorify Your name forever. In Your Son’s name I pray. Amen.