Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace.
In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.
There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours.
All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.
For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.
Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.
For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
O God, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seeks my life,and they do not set you before them.
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your maidservant.
Show me a sign of your favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me. – Psalm 86 (ESV)
In these uncertain times it can be hard to pray. The Psalms contain prayers for all times, and all situations. They are one of God’s incredible gifts to us, because when we cannot find the words to pray, we have the Psalms to pray. We have the Holy Spirit interceding on our behalf when we cannot even find the breath or the mind to pray.
Psalm 86 reminds us that God’s love is constant and unwavering, even though our affections are weak and fickle.
Martin Luther commented that we are beggars before God. We have nothing to offer Him, and He has everything to offer us.
Even so, many of us are longing for a sign of God’s favor, especially in this ongoing pandemic and the upheaval and uncertainty it brings. No one is fond of the thought of contracting a deadly disease, or of any of the economic, social and other implications that this disease brings with it.
It is in these situations that God gives us the comfort of His promises in Scripture- that He is merciful, that He is gracious, and that He has already made the provision for our salvation.
Lord, you help us and comfort us. Lord, we know You hear our prayers and that You answer us. Lord, we ask that You be our strength, our shelter and our peace.