Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
This psalm addresses a situation where David was suffering because of ruthless and evil men. “O God, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seeks my life, and they do not set you before them.” Psalm 86:14. David is referring to a band of men who do not honor God, in fact they consider themselves to be above or more important than God, if they believe in Him at all. They are terribly violent ones who breathe out nothing but cruelty and will slaughter as many as they have to.
However, David is not alone. He cries out to God for encouragement. “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your maidservant. Show me a sign of your favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.” Psalm 86:15-17. In our focus verse, He declares God is merciful and compassionate and tender hearted, as a parent is to his children being rich and plenteous in His mercy. He also declares He is slow to anger and abounding in love and faithfulness.
After this, David calls out to God for help. “Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant and save the son of your maidservant.” Psalm 86:16. In these verses he is asking God to help him through all these troubles. Help to be saved from these evil people who have caused him much trouble. He asks God to be merciful and gracious to him and to give him the strength necessary to make it through these trying times. And then he asks for a sign from God. “Show me a sign of your favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.” Psalm 86:17. The sign was to bring shame on those who hate him because you have helped and comforted him. This would probably cause them to doubt their ways and their ability to hurt David. He desired that God would show them that they can do nothing harmful to him when God is involved.
So, I want to ask the following question. When you find yourself in difficult situations, what do you do? Do you spend time mourning and crying? Do you cry out to God for help, or do you just cry out? God does not change and neither do His mercies. “So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:17-20. When you find yourself in a situation where you do not see any good coming from it, go to God. There is nothing impossible for Him and there nothing He does not foresee. Trust Him in every way, for in Him we will be comforted and have victory. “Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:31-33.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.
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