David’s Prayer of Trust and Vindication

Psalm 86

Outline

1-10 | David’s prayer to God, who is merciful and hears
11-13 | David’s commitment to worship God
14-17 | David’s request to be exonerated before his enemies

Reflections

This psalm has many recurring themes that are common in many of David’s psalms, namely: requests to be heard, acknowledgment of God’s unique and merciful nature, commitment to worship, and deliverance from foes.  There is much that could be said about God’s nature, His dealings with His people, our need to worship Him alone, and His ability to fight our spiritual battles for us in this world from this psalm, however I’d like to concentrate on the concept found in the last verse.

I would encourage you to adopt the attitude of the psalmist and his desire to have his enemies see God’s activity in our lives.  The request is made so that they would be ashamed because of their opposition.  In this way, they might possibly become attracted to God and turn from their evil ways and live to honor God.  Don’t request a sign of personal confirmation of your faith in God, but rather for one that would be evident to and frustrate those who oppose God’s prescription for life.

Heavenly Father, we pray that in Your mercy and grace that You would display Your lovingkindness in our lives so that those who oppose You have no choice but to declare that You are God alone and there is none like You.  May Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, in Jesus name.  Amen.

Psalm 86 - David's Prayer of Trust aVindication
Psalm 86 - David's Prayer of Trust aVindication
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