God's goodness and Israel's waywardness; blessedness of living in God's presence; David's desire to walk in truth
The Holy Spirit guided David to unite the only two weapons of our spiritual warfare — prayer and the inspired Word of God. Psalm 86 expresses the power we have when these become our way of life.
When David prayed: Bow down Your ear, O Lord, hear me: for I am poor and needy (Psalm 86:1), he was acknowledging his total dependence on God (86:2). He continued to pray: Be merciful to me, O Lord: for I cry to You daily (86:3). Although David was the king of Israel he recognized the lordship of God over his life (86:2,4). He often spoke of himself as the servant of the Lord in the Psalms.
David continued to worship and confess God's mercy and readiness to forgive. He expressed the utmost confidence that God listens to His people's prayers and is able to deliver them from all harm regardless of our circumstances (86:5,7,13,15).
David then asked God to teach him to obey Him and Jesus said to the church of the Laodiceans. . . . As many as I love, I rebuke (reprove), and chasten (discipline): be zealous (earnest) therefore, and repent (Revelation 3:14-19; see also I Corinthians 11:32; Hebrews 12:6-7,10; Psalm 94:12; Proverbs 11:24). The Christian who desires a closer relationship with the Lord does not depend upon previous learning to continue a day-by-day walk in the way of truth, but upon the continual daily guidance of God through His Word. Instruction is much more than just information; it is the means to understand His will and be obedient, it also includes the thought of correction (Psalm 86:11). The child of God never graduates from the Spiritual school of instruction. That is why all of us need to read His Word each day.
A sincere commitment to the Lord is essential. The Apostle Peter recognized this when he admonished us to diligently build upon our faith virtue (moral excellence), then knowledge, then temperance (self-control), then patience, then godliness, then brotherly kindness, which will produce in us genuine charity (love) to do the will of God (II Peter 1:5-8). The God who created us has made everything which pertains to life and godliness available to His followers. His power is revealed as we read His Word, for the Word of God is quick (living and active), and powerful (Hebrews 4:12). We have the potential to live in obedience to His Word but it requires voluntary submission and it's up to us to take the initiative to build our faith. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
Reprinted from Bible Pathway International, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.