Friday, May 4, 2012

A Prayer for the Son’s Mercy

[A Prayer of David]

1 Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.

2 Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.

3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.

4 Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

6 Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.

7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.

8 Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.

9 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.

10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.

11 Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.

13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

14 O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.

15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

16 O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.

17 Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.

—Psalm 86 KJV Bible

The superscription notes that this psalm is a prayer of David. And it is referenced as such by Jesus’ disciples in Acts 4:25. In the psalm, David describes how the world rulers rebel against the Lord God and against Jesus, God’s son and God’s anointed, supreme King. Verses 1 through 3 describe the ignorance of the unbelieving world rulers.

Verses 4 through 6 reference the resolve of Jesus, the King. In verse 4, the word Lord is a translation of the Hebrew Adonai, meaning “my Lord” or “sovereign.” It is no wonder that the sovereign would laugh at the ranting of the little rulers. Verse 6 makes reference to the beginning of the Messiah’s one thousand-year reign from Zion—Jerusalem—as noted in Isaiah 2:3.

Verses 7 through 9 specifically identify the King as God’s Son. God recites a decree on the day of Jesus’ coronation, giving Him authority to rule the earth in righteousness. The Son’s coronation came on the day of his resurrection from the dead. The Apostle Paul explained this to the people of Pisidian Antioch (Acts 13:3-34), as he noted in his letter to the Romans (Romans 1:4) and as is noted by the author of the letter to the Hebrews (Hebrews 1:5; 5:5), which some believe to be Paul.

In verses 10 through 12 God warns the rulers of the world to submit to the Son in order to avoid the Son’s wrath. The Messiah will break things when He returns. As noted in Revelation 2:27, Jesus will rule with authority and with a rod of iron.

Father, I accept that you are God and that Your Son, Jesus, is Lord of all and rules in Your name. I pray that the rulers and the nations of this world will turn from their rebellious ways and do the same.


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