A Psalm Offers Consolation

I asked for God’s peace about something personal, and in prayer, I found this Psalm as my consolation.

Thank you, Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit;

A prayer of David.
I
Incline your ear, LORD, and answer me,
for I am poor and oppressed.

Preserve my life, for I am devoted;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God;
be gracious to me, Lord;
to you I call all the day.

Gladden the soul of your servant;
to you, Lord, I lift up my soul.

Lord, you are good and forgiving,
most merciful to all who call on you.

LORD, hear my prayer;
listen to my cry for help.

On the day of my distress I call to you,
for you will answer me.

II
None among the gods can equal you, O Lord;
nor can their deeds compare to yours.

All the nations you have made shall come
to bow before you, Lord,
and give honor to your name.

For you are great and do wondrous deeds;
and you alone are God.

III
Teach me, LORD, your way
that I may walk in your truth,
single-hearted and revering your name.

I will praise you with all my heart,
glorify your name forever, Lord my God.

Your mercy to me is great;
you have rescued me from the depths of Sheol.

O God, the arrogant have risen against me;
a ruthless band has sought my life;
to you they pay no heed.

But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in mercy and truth.

Turn to me, be gracious to me;
give your strength to your servant;
save the son of your handmaid.

Give me a sign of your favor:
make my enemies see, to their confusion,
that you, LORD, help and comfort me.

http://www.usccb.org/bible/psalms/86

Want to know more about Psalms?

Author: David, Solomon, Asaph, others and many unknown authors

Date Written: 1400-450 BC

Psalms is not really a book.  It is a collection of 150 songs, prayers, poems and hymns gathered over a very long period of time.  There are different types of psalms.  Some tell stories.  Some are songs of praise.   Some are prayers of repentance.  Each psalm has its own unique character but they are all deeply emotional and profoundly spiritual.  The Psalms are not meant to be simply read, but to be prayed.

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