When you are poor and needy

Psalms Bible Background

08.09.2016 – Old Testament: Psa 86.0–7

To read the Bible in a year, read Psalms 85–87 on August 9, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Bible says the name David over one thousand times! That is more than Abraham or Moses. Why does the Bible say so much about David? Just look at his heart, such as in this example,

A Prayer of David.
Bow down Your ear, O Lord, hear me;
For I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am holy;
You are my God;
Save Your servant who trusts in You!
Be merciful to me, O Lord,
For I cry to You all day long.
Rejoice the soul of Your servant,
For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,
And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
And attend to the voice of my supplications.
In the day of my trouble I will call upon You,
For You will answer me.
(Psalm 86.0–7) 

David’s whole life centered on the Lord. David lived for the Lord. Therefore, whatever happened in his life, David either cried out to the Lord for help, or praised the Lord for the good.

Therefore, when you cannot help yourself, when you are in need, cry out to the Lord just as David did, and watch the Lord work in your life.


  • What is your first reaction when something bad happens in your life?
  • What is your first reaction when something good happens in your life?

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