One of the advantages of singing the Psalms is we get exposure to songs that express all sorts of dimensions of the human experience. What do you sing when you feel weak and sorrowful? Psalm 86 allows us, in our gathering, to sing with those who are struggling and are seeking God for help, as we remember his mercy and consciously exercise faith.
We will sing it to the tune “Llef”. You can listen to it here.
Bow down thy ear, O Lord and hear,
For I am poor, and great my need;
Preserve my soul, for thee I fear;
O God, thy trusting servant heed.
O Lord, be merciful to me,
For all the day to Thee I cry;
Rejoice Thy servant, for to Thee
I lift my soul, O Lord Most High
For Thou, O Lord, art good and kind,
And ready to forgive Thou art;
Abundant mercy they shall find
Who call on Thee with all their heart.
O Lord, incline Thy ear to me,
My voice of supplication heed;
In trouble I will cry to Thee,
For Thou wilt answer when I plead.
There is no God but Thee alone,
Nor works like Thine, O Lord Most High;
All nations, Lord, shall round Thy throne
Their great Creator glorify.
In all Thy deeds how great Thou art!
Thou one true God, Thy way make clear;
Teach me, O Lord, unite my heart
To trust Thy truth, Thy Name to fear.