Psalm 86

A prayer for deliverance

1–4 Praying for God’s protection
5–7 Confidence that God hears
8–10 Praying to the only true God
11–13 Prayer of thanks and for godliness
14–17 Prayer for God’s protection

  • This is a great psalm to read and meditate on in times of trouble and difficulty. OT passages can be heard in each verse—God’s Word should direct and color your prayers.
  • Verses 8–10 are the center of the psalm—why does David pray to God?
  • In verses 11–13 what specific things does David pray for? What is the reason/motivation for that? What has God done for you? How should that control you?