Psa 86: Prayer: Requests & Reasons
prayer of David.
Comments: As the title declares this is all a prayer.
It is full of requests (14 or 15 depending on how you count them)
and reasons for the requests. Some of the reasons are behavioral
[e.g. v.2-4], some are because of the nature of the Lord [e.g.
v.7,13] or His activity.]
Requests & Reasons
and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
my life, for I am faithful to you;
save your servant who
trusts in you.
You are my God;
mercy on me, Lord,
for I call to you all day long.
joy to your servant, Lord,
for I put my trust in you.
David's cause of reassurance
Lord, are forgiving and good,
abounding in love to all who call to
Request & Reason again
listen to my cry for
I am in distress, I call to you,
because you answer me.
The Uniqueness of the Lord
the gods there is none like you, Lord;
no deeds can compare with yours.
the nations you have made
will come and worship before you, Lord;
they will bring glory to your name.
you are great and do marvellous deeds;
you alone are God .
More Requests & Reasons
me your way, Lord
that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
Declarations & Reason
will praise you,
Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your
name for ever.
great is your love towards me;
you have delivered me from the depths,
from the realm of the dead.
The Purpose behind his prayer
foes are attacking me, O God;
ruthless people are trying to kill me –
they have no regard for you.
His Confidence in the Lord
you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious
slow to anger, abounding
in love and faithfulness.
Yet more requests & reasons
to me and have mercy on me;
show your strength
on behalf of your servant;
save me, because I serve you just as
my mother did.
me a sign of your goodness,
that my enemies may see it and be put
for you, Lord , have helped me
and comforted me.
Comments: A useful study is to go back over the verses
listing all the reasons why David makes his requests of the Lord
which reveal much about him and much about the Lord.]
to Psa 87