Psalm 86 ERV
:11 Lord, teach me your ways,
And I will live and obey your truths.
Help me make worshiping your name
The most important thing in my life.

Throughout the Easy-To-Read (ERV) version of Psalm 86 there’s a … demanding and expectant tone: “I am poor, I am your follower, I put my life in your hands,” so you should “be kind to me, make me happy.” The whole Psalm is 17 verses long, and literally,  the word “I” (or “My Lord, I”) is first in verses 1-4,6-7, followed by a strongly-worded ‘request,’ which came across to me as more of an order – as if to a genie. “Listen to me, answer my prayer, protect me.” (Note: there are a couple of ‘pleases’.)

This tone gradually shifts as the Psalm continues. In verses 5, 8-13, 15, 17, “You, Lord, or My Lord God” is the subject of each verse: “You are good and merciful, There is no God like you, You and you alone are God.” It’s as if the Psalmist realizes halfway through writing that expecting to be rewarded because of ‘what I do’ is not the best way to ask.

Prayers are not answered because of anything we do, but rather because God is who He is.

Verse 11 is the hinge, if you will, of the writer’s change of attitude: the request is first to know God and His ways, so that God can become “the most important thing in my life,” and, then, prayers will be answered.


So little can be added to the Word of God

“God will not be defined by his anger toward us, but rather by his kindness… He is kinder than we [could even] imagine him to be.” J. Moore
Psalm 145
:14 The Lord lifts up people who have fallen.
Everything he does shows how loyal he is.

:17 The Lord is near to everyone
who sincerely calls to him for help.
:21 I will praise the Lord!
Let everyone praise his holy name forever and ever!
“To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances; to seek him, the greatest of all adventures; to find him, the greatest human achievement.” R. Simon
LOL There’s so little that needs to be said in addition to the Word of God, but that sure doesn’t stop us from trying! I shall continue to write and Share God’s Story in my one little life in the hopes that even one person will come to know Him as I do.