“With my whole heart” | Psalm 86

Last year, I decided to make a habit of reading a Psalm each morning along with my regular Bible reading. I quickly realized though that my “one-Psalm-a-day” goal wasn’t a very realistic goal. Reading and meditating on a whole Psalm a day didn’t give me near enough time to begin to grasp the truths found in each one (take Psalm 18:1-2 for example!)

And that was the case with Psalm 86. If you have a few minutes, it would be worth it to read this wonderful Psalm. Time would fail to share of all that is packed into 17 verses.

My heart can never hear enough of the Lord’s tender mercies, everlasting love, always-hearing ear, and wondrous deeds. Can yours? Let me just share a few of the gems that come from this Psalm:

“For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.” 

“In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.” 

“For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.” 

“For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.”

“But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”

Can your mind begin to comprehend all of that? Mine can’t. Do you even know where to begin to thank the Lord for such precious truths? I don’t. But guess what – we will get all of eternity to thank and praise the Lord for these wonderful things! Verse 17 gives a wonderful summary response to all that is found in this Psalm:

“I will give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.”

That means when I have a huge pile of dirty dishes to wash, stacks of laundry to wash, paperwork to complete, or a huge to-do list for the day – I can still give thanks to God with my whole heart for these things! May my heart never tire of hearing them! May they always be new, refreshing, beautiful and priceless to my soul. May they be the truths that cheer me in the midst of discouraging circumstances, comfort me in times of sorrow, and delight me in whatever I face.

Let me encourage you, friend – take time to read Psalm 86 and meditate for several quiet minutes on what you find in those verses. Meditate on them. Maybe even memorize them. Delight in them. And REJOICE in them! The Lord was pleased to spread His steadfast love by sending His only Son Jesus Christ to earth!


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