“You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Hear my prayer, Lord ; listen to my cry for mercy. When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me. Teach me your way, Lord , that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, Lord 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. But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”
Psalm 86:5-7, 11-13, 15
David, in Psalm 86, writes of the good nature of God. He says God is forgiving, good and loving to all who cry out to Him. He asks God to hear and answer him-to hear his cry for mercy. He states plainly that, “When I am in distress (like NOW), I call to you, because you answer me.”
This was not the first time David had called out to God and this wasn’t the first time God had answered him-but it was the time that mattered now, because David was in distress, NOW!
David then prays that God would teach him His way, so that he could rely on God’s faithfulness and to give him an undivided heart, so he would fear revere or respect God’s Name.
David pledges, “I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.” David’s commitment is to praise God not only in this life, but in the next as well, into eternity! Why? “For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead.” David had experienced God’s love first hand, time and time again. God had rescued him from the most difficult curcumstances!
Finally, David speaks to God’s character in verse 15. He calls God compassionate, gracious, loving and faithful, yet slow to anger. You see, David saw himself from his perspective-imperfect, while God saw David from His perspective, valued and redeemed. David chose God’s perspective.
What view will you choose? Think about it!