Ps 86:1-17. This is a prayer in which the writer,
with deep emotion, mingles petitions and praises, now urgent for help,
and now elated with hope, in view of former mercies. The occurrence of
many terms and phrases peculiar to David's Psalms clearly intimates its
1, 2. poor and needy—a suffering child
of God, as in Ps 10:12, 17; 18:27.
I am holy—or, "godly," as in Ps 4:3;
4. lift up my soul—with strong desire
5-7. unto all … that call upon
thee—or, "worship Thee" (Ps 50:15; 91:15) however undeserving (Ex 34:6; Le
8. neither … works—literally,
"nothing like thy works," the "gods" have none at all.
9, 10. The pious Jews believed that God's
common relation to all would be ultimately acknowledged by all men
11. Teach—Show, point out.
the way—of Providence.
walk in thy truth—according to its
unite my heart—fix all my affections
12:2; Jas 4:8).
to fear thy name—(compare Ps 86:12) to honor Thy perfections.
13, 14. The reason: God had delivered him from
death and the power of insolent, violent, and godless persecutors
54:3; Eze 8:12).
15. Contrasts God with his enemies (compare
16. son … handmaid—homeborn
servant (compare Lu 15:17).
17. Show me—literally, "Make with me a
token," by Thy providential care. Thus in and by his prosperity his
enemies would be confounded.