New International Reader's Version

Psalm 86

Psalm 86

A prayer of David.

Lord, hear me and answer me.
    I am poor and needy.
Keep my life safe, because I am faithful to you.
    Save me, because I trust in you.
    You are my God.
Lord, have mercy on me.
    I call out to you all day long.
Bring joy to me.
    Lord, I put my trust in you.

Lord, you are forgiving and good.
    You are full of love for all who call out to you.
Lord, hear my prayer.
    Listen to my cry for mercy.
When I’m in trouble, I will call out to you.
    And you will answer me.

Lord, there’s no one like you among the gods.
    No one can do what you do.
Lord, all the nations you have made
    will come and worship you.
    They will bring glory to you.
10 You are great. You do wonderful things.
    You alone are God.

11 Lord, teach me how you want me to live.
    Do this so that I will depend on you, my faithful God.
Give me a heart that doesn’t want anything
    more than to worship you.
12 Lord my God, I will praise you with all my heart.
    I will bring glory to you forever.
13 Great is your love for me.
    You have kept me from going down into the place of the dead.

14 God, proud people are attacking me.
    A gang of mean people is trying to kill me.
    They don’t care about you.
15 But Lord, you are a God who is tender and kind.
    You are gracious.
You are slow to get angry.
    You are faithful and full of love.
16 Come to my aid and have mercy on me.
    Show your strength by helping me.
    Save me because I serve you just as my mother did.
17 Prove your goodness to me.
    Then my enemies will see it and be put to shame.
    Lord, you have helped me and given me comfort.

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.