Psalm 86: Desperate for Help

How desperate do we need to be for God to listen to our prayers? Why?

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Psalm 86:1 A prayer of David.
Listen to me, Lord, and answer my prayer, for I have a desperate need.
King James
Psalm 86:1 <A Prayer of David.> Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me: for I am poor and needy.

What is the relationship between faithfulness and long life?

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Psalm 86:2 Preserve my life, for I’ve been faithful. My God, rescue your servant who trusts in you.
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Psalm 86:2 Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.

How important is prayer in receiving God’s kindness?

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Psalm 86:3 Show me kindness, Lord, for I pray to you all the time.
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Psalm 86:3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.

Why is pleasing the Lord a reason for rejoicing?

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Psalm 86:4 Let your servant rejoice, Lord, for I long to please you in all things.
King James
Psalm 86:4 Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

How should we respond to God’s kindness?

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Psalm 86:5 You are good, Lord, abundant in kindness, eager to forgive those who call on you.
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Psalm 86:5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

What typically prompts people prayers? Why?

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Psalm 86:6–7 Hear my prayer, Lord. Listen to my cry for help.
When I am in trouble, of course I call on you, because I know you will answer.
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Psalm 86:6–7 Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.

What do people worship other than God?

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Psalm 86:8 Among all that people worship, nothing compares to who you are and what you can do, Lord.
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Psalm 86:8 Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.

Why don’t miracles bring praise from everyone who sees them?

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Psalm 86:9–10 All your people, those you have made, will bow to worship you and praise your greatness, for you do amazing miracles, which only you can do.
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Psalm 86:9–10 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name. For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.

If people know what the Lord wants, why don’t they always do it?

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Psalm 86:11 Show me the way, Lord, and I will walk according to what you say is right. Let me have a single focus on what you want.
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Psalm 86:11 Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

What does it mean to praise God with our “whole being”?

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Psalm 86:12 I will praise you with my whole being, Lord God. I will testify to your greatness forever.
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Psalm 86:12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.

What assurance do we have that God has “saved us from the grave”?

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Psalm 86:13 Your kindness toward me is great, for you have saved me from death and the grave.
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Psalm 86:13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

How are relationships affected when people have no respect for God?

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Psalm 86:14 Prideful people oppose me, and ruthless people have sought my death, for they have no respect for you.
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Psalm 86:14 O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.

Why is God compassionate and slow to anger?

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Psalm 86:15 Lord, you are compassionate, gracious, and slow to anger, abounding in all that is good and right.
Hebrews 12:6 God is like a loving father, correcting his children and allowing them to endure hard times because he wants the best for them.
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Psalm 86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.)
Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

How much should we depend on God? Why?

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Psalm 86:16 Look upon me with favor and strengthen your servant, son of my mother, who sought to please you.
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Psalm 86:16 O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.

How can God’s goodness, which we see, be seen by others?

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Psalm 86:17 Show me evidence of your goodness so my enemies will see it and be ashamed. Lord, you are my help and comfort.
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Psalm 86:17 Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, Lord, hast holpen me, and comforted me.