December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- A prayer of David. 1 Hear me, LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and oppressed.
- Preserve my life, for I am loyal; save your servant who trusts in you.
- You are my God; pity 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 kind and forgiving, most loving to all who call on you.
- LORD, hear my prayer; listen to my cry for help.
- In this time of trouble I call, for you will answer me.
- 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.
- 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 love for 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 merciful and gracious God, slow to anger, most loving and true.
- Turn to me, have pity on me; give your strength to your servant; save this child of your handmaid.
- Give me a sign of your favor: make my enemies see, to their confusion, that you, LORD, help and comfort me.
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1 [Psalm 86] An individual lament. The psalmist, "poor and oppressed" (Psalm 86:1), "devoted" (Psalm 86:2), "your servant" (Psalm 86:2, 4, 16), "rescued from the depths of Sheol" (Psalm 86:13), attacked by the ruthless (14), desires only God's protection (Psalm 86:1-7, 11-17).
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