Psalm 86 is attributed to King David. This week I’ve been renewing my appreciation of this Psalm. One of the fascinating features of this psalm is that David reveals his perception of God. In these verses we see the Attributes of God as David came to know him.
Verse 5: You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.
Verse 8: Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours.
Verse 10: For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.
Verse 13: For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths, from the
realm of the dead.
Verse 15: But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in
love and faithfulness.
So I ask myself, “Is this the God I know?” I am compelled to answer with an emphatic,” yes”! During the time I have walk with the Lord; I have found David’s words increasingly describe who God is to me. David asked God to teach him; so that he might understand his ways (see verse 11). God has taught me much over the years, and I have grown in my understanding of his ways.
David has left us with a carrot of expectation. If we want to know God as he did, we just have to call on the Lord. As he said in verse 5, “You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you”.