Read | Psalm 86

Hear me, Lord, 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, Lord,

    for I call to you all day long.

Bring joy to your servant, Lord,

    for I put my trust in you.

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.

Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;

    no deeds can compare with yours.

All the nations you have made

    will come and worship before you, Lord;

    they will bring glory to your name.

For you are great and do marvelous deeds;

    you alone are God.

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.

Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;

    ruthless people are trying to kill me—

    they have no regard for you.

But you, Lord, 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, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

Respond | Derek Wu

Psalm 86v13


For great is your steadfast love toward me;

    you have delivered me from the depths,

    from the realm of the dead.


Walter Brueggemann, an Old Testament scholar, writes that “remarkably, the completed verb is used [to refer to God’s deliverance].” You have delivered my soul from the depths, we read.


It is remarkable because this Psalm is a lament: in verse 1, the Psalmist writes, “Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.” The Psalmist is still in the depths of their darkness. They are still poor, and still needy. Yet remarkably, the Psalmist finds the will to proclaim the finished work of God’s deliverance even though it is not yet their reality.


Oh Lord, you have delivered me from my tiredness, grief, frustration, burn-out, fear, oppression, anxiety, betrayal, poverty, trauma, imprisonment, addiction, and hopelessness. For great is your steadfast love toward me.