Psalms 85-88 - Prayer for God's Mercy upon the Nation

Psalm 85

Prayer for God's Mercy upon the Nation.

For the choir director.

A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

1 O LORD, You showed favor to Your land;

You restored the captivity of Jacob.

2 You forgave the iniquity of Your people;

You covered all their sin. Selah.

3 You withdrew all Your fury;

You turned away from Your burning anger.

4 Restore us, O God of our salvation,

And cause Your indignation toward us

to cease.

5 Will You be angry with us forever?

Will You prolong Your anger to all


6 Will You not Yourself revive us again,

That Your people may rejoice in You?

7 Show us Your lovingkindness, O LORD,

And grant us Your salvation.

8 I will hear what God the LORD will say;

For He will speak peace to His people,

to His godly ones;

But let them not turn back to folly.

9 Surely His salvation is near to those who

fear Him,

That glory may dwell in our land.

10 Lovingkindness and truth have met


Righteousness and peace have kissed

each other.

11 Truth springs from the earth,

And righteousness looks down from


12 Indeed, the LORD will give what

is good,

And our land will yield its produce.

13 Righteousness will go before Him

And will make His footsteps into a way.

Psalm 86

A Psalm of Supplication and Trust.

Prayer of David.

1 Incline Your ear, O LORD, and answer me;

For I am afflicted and needy.

2 Preserve my soul, for I am a godly man;

O You my God, save Your servant who trusts

in You.

3 Be gracious to me, O Lord,

For to You I cry all day long.

4 Make glad the soul of Your servant,

For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready

to forgive,

And abundant in lovingkindness to all

who call upon You.

6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;

And give heed to the voice of my


7 In the day of my trouble I shall call

upon You,

For You will answer me.

8 There is no one like You among the

gods, O Lord,

Nor are there any works like Yours.

9 All nations whom You have made shall

come and worship before You, O Lord,

And they shall glorify Your name.

10 For You are great and do wondrous


You alone are God.

11 Teach me Your way, O LORD;

I will walk in Your truth;

Unite my heart to fear Your name.

12 I will give thanks to You, O Lord my

God, with all my heart,

And will glorify Your name forever.

13 For Your lovingkindness toward me

is great,

And You have delivered my soul from

the depths of Sheol.

14 O God, arrogant men have risen up

against me,

And a band of violent men have sought

my life,

And they have not set You before them.

15 But You, O Lord, are a God merciful

and gracious,

Slow to anger and abundant in loving-

kindness and truth.

16 Turn to me, and be gracious to me;

Oh grant Your strength to Your servant,

And save the son of Your handmaid.

17 Show me a sign for good,

That those who hate me may see it and

be ashamed,

Because You, O LORD, have helped me

and comforted me.

Psalm 87

The Privileges of Citizenship in Zion.

Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song.

1 His foundation is in the holy mountains.

2 The LORD loves the gates of Zion

More than all the other dwelling places

of Jacob.

3 Glorious things are spoken of you,

O city of God. Selah.

4 "I shall mention Rahab and Babylon

among those who know Me;

Behold, Philistia and Tyre with Ethiopia:

`This one was born there.'"

5 But of Zion it shall be said, "This one

and that one were born in her";

And the Most High Himself will establish


6 The LORD will count when He registers

the peoples,

"This one was born there." Selah.

7 Then those who sing as well as those

who play the flutes shall say,

"All my springs of joy are in you."

Psalm 88

A Petition to Be Saved from Death.

Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

For the choir director.; according to Mahalath

Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.

1 O LORD, the God of my salvation,

I have cried out by day and in the

night before You.

2 Let my prayer come before You;

Incline Your ear to my cry!

3 For my soul has had enough troubles,

And my life has drawn near to Sheol.

4 I am reckoned among those who go

down to the pit;

I have become like a man without strength,

5 Forsaken among the dead,

Like the slain who lie in the grave,

Whom You remember no more,

And they are cut off from Your hand.

6 You have put me in the lowest pit,

In dark places, in the depths.

7 Your wrath has rested upon me,

And You have afflicted me with all

Your waves. Selah.

8 You have removed my acquaintances

far from me;

You have made me an object of loathing

to them;

I am shut up and cannot go out.

9 My eye has wasted away because of


I have called upon You every day, O LORD;

I have spread out my hands to You.

10 Will You perform wonders for the dead?

Will the departed spirits rise and praise You?


11 Will Your lovingkindness be declared

in the grave,

Your faithfulness in Abaddon?

12 Will Your wonders be made known in

the darkness?

And Your righteousness in the land of


13 But I, O LORD, have cried out to You

for help,

And in the morning my prayer comes

before You.

14 O LORD, why do You reject my soul?

Why do You hide Your face from me?

15 I was afflicted and about to die from

my youth on;

I suffer Your terrors; I am overcome.

16 Your burning anger has passed over me;

Your terrors have destroyed me.

17 They have surrounded me like water all

day long;

They have encompassed me altogether.

18 You have removed lover and friend

far from me;

My acquaintances are in darkness.

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