Psalm 86: 5-6, 9-10, 15-16 (Read)
“Turn toward me, and have pity on me,
give your strength to your servant.”
We pray, as does our psalmist David,
for the Lord to attend to the 'sound of
our pleading.' We take refuge in the same
heavenly Father that Christ did. Even
when we are far away, the Lord has pity
on us. Even though we forget Him, He
does not forget us. He searches our hearts;
He gathers us into His mansion
at the end of the age.
He empowers us to fight a good fight.
God saves us from our enemies, and also
from ourselves. All we have to do is
open our hearts to Him and do His will
by striving to be saved. For God gives
His children good ground for hope, and
He permits repentance for their sins.
(Wisdom 12:19, 1st reading)
Our Psalmist never stops asking,
and He is rightly sure,
that God could never stop giving.
God could scarcely resist our prayers.
Even though we do not know how to pray
as we ought, as St Paul says, the Holy Spirit
Himself intercedes with inexpressible
groanings. (2nd reading, Romans 8:26)
The Lord is present to us;
He listens; He pardons; He saves.
God's goodness overwhelms us.
Even nonbelievers will come to worship
God and glorify His name.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist is overwhelmed with the goodness of our
merciful Lord. Give an example of how God has attended
to the sound of your pleading and done a wondrous deed
in your life.
2. The Psalm is a prayer that God will strengthen and
empower His servant. Speak of how the Lord has empowered
you to do His will.