Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

Hear Me, And Answer Me, For I Am Poor And Needy

I needed this prayer at the start of my day today…

Psalm 86

A prayer of David. 

Hear me, Yahweh, and answer me, 
for I am poor and needy. 
Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; 
save your servant who trusts in you. 
You are my God; have mercy on me, Yahweh, 
for I call to you all day long. 
Bring joy to your servant, Yahweh, 
for I put my trust in you. 
You, Yahweh, are forgiving and good, 
abounding in love to all who call to you. 
Hear my prayer, Yahweh; 
listen to my cry for mercy. 
When I am in distress, I call to you, 
because you answer me. 
Among the gods there is none like you, Yahweh; 
no deeds can compare with yours. 
All the nations you have made 
will come and worship before you, Yahweh; 
they will bring glory to your name. 
For you are great and do marvelous deeds; 
you alone are God. 
Teach me your way, Yahweh, 
that I may rely on your faithfulness; 
give me an undivided heart, 
that I may fear your name. 
I will praise you, Yahweh my God, with all my heart; 
I will glorify your name forever. 
For great is your love toward me; 
you have delivered me from the depths, 
from the realm of the dead. 
Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God; 
ruthless people are trying to kill me— 
they have no regard for you. 
But you, Yahweh, are a compassionate and gracious God, 
slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. 
Turn to me and have mercy on me; 
show your strength in behalf of your servant; 
save me, because I serve you 
just as my mother did. 
Give me a sign of your goodness, 
that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, 
for you, Yahweh, have helped me and comforted me.

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