The Message

Psalm 86

A David Psalm

11-7 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.

8-10 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!

11-17 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.

Nkwa Asem

Nnwom 86

Mmoa mpaebɔ

1Tie me, Awurade, na gye me so efisɛ, minni ɔboafo na meyɛ mmerɛw.

Gye me fi owu mu efisɛ, migye wo di. Gye me nkwa efisɛ, meyɛ ɔsomfo na mewɔ wo mu gyidi. Woyɛ me Nyankopɔn, enti hu me mmɔbɔ. Mebɔ wo mpae daa nyinaa. Ma wo somfo ani nnye, O Awurade, efisɛ me mpaebɔ kɔ wo nkyɛn. Woyɛ yɛn adɔe na wode yɛn bɔne kyɛ, na wɔn a wɔbɔ wo mpae no nso, woma wɔn ɔdɔ a ɛnsa da.

Awurade, tie me mpaebɔ; tie me sufrɛ na boa me. Mefrɛ wo hiada mu efisɛ, wugye me mpaebɔ so.

Onyame bi nni hɔ a ɔte sɛ wo, O Awurade, obiara ntumi nyɛɛ nea woayɛ. Aman a woakyekyere nyinaa bɛba abɛkotow wo; wɔbɛkamfo wo kɛseyɛ. 10 Woyɛ otumfoɔ a woyɛ nneɛma akɛse. Wo nko ne Onyankopɔn.

11 Awurade, kyerɛ me nea wopɛ sɛ meyɛ na medi so nkoware mu. Kyerɛ me na memfa m’adagyew nsom wo. 12 Mede me koma nyinaa bɛkamfo wo, O Awurade me Nyankopɔn. Mɛda wo kɛseyɛ no adi daa daa. 13 Dɔ a wodɔ me daa no so. Woagye me afi damoa ankasa mu.

14 Ahantanfo reba abɛyɛ me dɔm, O Onyankopɔn; atirimɔdenfo kuw pɛ sɛ wokum me; wɔn a wommu wo no. 15 Nanso wo, O Awurade, yɛ mmɔborɔhunufo ne ɔdɔ Nyankopɔn. Daa, wowɔ boasetɔ wɔ ayamye, na woyɛ ɔnokwafo nso. 16 Dan w’ani bra me so na hu me mmɔbɔ. Hyɛ me den na gye me nkwa, efisɛ, mesom wo sɛnea me na yɛe no. 17 Da papa a wuyi no adi kyerɛ me, Awurade; wɔn a wɔtan me no, sɛ wohu sɛ wokyekye me werɛ boa me a, wɔn ani bewu.