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Psalm 86:1 and 86:5

Psalm 86:1 and 86:5

“Incline your ear, O Yahweh, and answer me; For I am afflicted and needy…For You, Lord, are good, and by nature forgiving, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.”

– Psalm 86:1, 5

Main Thought: Here we find David calling out to God for help in a time of need, as we see so often in the Psalms. And why should he not call out to Him, the One who has so faithfully responded to the cries and needs of David? I am sure that early in his life, even when David was a simple shepherd boy protecting his father Jesse’s flocks, he cried out to God in the day and the night to protect himself and the sheep from the predators. We find evidence in the Scriptures for David calling out to God when he was sought wrongly by King Saul (Ps. 57:1-11), when he had sinned against God and called out in repentance (Ps. 51:1-19), and when he was surrounded by his enemies (Ps. 7:6). David cried out to Yahweh, the name of the covenant keeping God, for he knew that God remembered His covenant with David and the people of Israel, and would not forsake His covenant. David knew that God would hear him in his need and would answer him and deliver him. Also, as we see in Psalm 86:5, David understood the good and forgiving nature of God, and the abundance of lovingkindness God has toward all those who call upon Him. It was an assurance to David that because of God’s nature, he would hear the need of his servant, would forgive him, and pour out an abundance of mercy upon him. In these words of David, we find reassurance for ourselves that in our time of need God, who has established with us an eternal covenant of grace, will hear our cries, will forgive our sins and restore a right fellowship with Him and fulfill our need according to His perfect will. Perhaps you have a need or a burden upon your soul, or you have a sin which you need to confess before God. We can know as a child of God that He does hear the cries of His children, that the throne of God to which our cries come is a throne of grace (Heb. 4:16), and that His mercies are rich and abundant every day (Lam. 3:22-23). Come to Him today as David did, and know that He will hear and He will forgive according to the riches of His grace (Eph. 1:7).
David Webber

David Webber

David Webber is married to Mary with four children and four grandchildren, and serves as the Pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Longview, TX. He obtained a BS in History from the University of Texas at Tyler, TX, and pursued studies at Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, TX. Throughout his ministry, he has been an invited preacher and educator in numerous churches and various Bible conferences. Surrendering to the gospel ministry’s calling in 1972 at the age of 16, he received preaching licensure from Little Flock Baptist Church in Longview, Texas, in 1974. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1978, he was ordained in December of 1980 by Faith Baptist Church. Following this, he contributed his services to Faith Baptist in Longview and subsequently engaged with Grace Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, where he instructed Sunday School and delivered sermons as needed. In February of 1994, Faith Baptist invited him to lead as their pastor, a role he has faithfully held to the present day. David writes a blog for the church website and is a writer for The Art of Worship.

Faith Baptist Church: Longview, Texas
More from David Webber
Romans 4:2-3
Romans 4:2-3

“For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about–but not before God! For what does the Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” – Romans 4:2-3

John 11:25-27
John 11:25-27

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die–ever. Do you believe this?’ She (Martha) said to Him, ‘Yes Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, the One who comes into the world.” – John 11:25-27

John 8:23-24
John 8:23-24

“And He was saying to them, ‘You are from below, I am from above. You are of this world, I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am His, you will die in your sins.” – John 8:23-24

John 6:39-40
John 6:39-40

“Now this is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” – John 6:39-40

John 2:18-21
John 2:18-21

“The Jews then said to Him, ‘What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews then said, ‘It took forty-six years to build this sanctuary, and will You raise it up in three days?’ But He was speaking about the sanctuary of His body.” – John 2:18-21

John 1:14
John 1:14

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14

Psalm 85:6
Psalm 85:6

“Will You not Yourself return to revive us, that your people may be glad in You?” – Psalm 85:6

Psalm 86:1 and 86:5
Psalm 86:1 and 86:5

“Incline your ear, O Yahweh, and answer me; For I am afflicted and needy…For You, Lord, are good, and by nature forgiving, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.” – Psalm 86:1 and 86:5

John 14:19
John 14:19

“After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me, because I live, you will live also.” – John 14:19

Psalm 86:1 and 86:5

Galatians 6:1

“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.”

– Galatians 6:1

Main Thought: We have all known Christian brothers or sisters who have gotten caught up in a repetitive sin, or have committed some sin that is obvious and evident to everyone around them. In our culture, it seems like very often a person’s transgression or wrong is magnified before others, bringing humiliation and shame. However, what Paul is telling us is that when this happens in the church among believers, forgiveness and restoration are what is called for. When I think about this verse, I think of Jesus’ approach to Peter following His resurrection. Peter had committed a great offense against Christ, flatly denying Christ three times in Jesus’ darkest hours on earth. After Jesus’ resurrection, in His third appearance to the apostles (John 21), He found the disciples on the Sea of Galilee fishing. They had not caught any fish, but Jesus told them where to cast their nets to bring in a large catch of fish. After eating breakfast on the shore, Jesus has a poignant conversation with Peter, asking him three times “Do you love me?” In the end, Jesus commits the “feeding of His sheep,” His disciples, to the apostle Peter (John 21:15-19). What does this reveal? Note there was no accusation or reminder by Jesus of Peter’s sin, but a loving commitment by Jesus, for Peter to care for those that Jesus had died for, particularly the early believers in Jerusalem. In those moments and in that exchange, forgiveness and restoration occurred. In the same way, we as believers should not continue to remind or magnify the sin that a repenting fellow believer has committed, but do what we can in compassion to restore that one to a right relationship with God and fellow believers. And in the latter part of this verse, we are reminded to keep a spiritual watch on ourselves lest we one day fall. Certainly, none of us is above sin, and should not look down arrogantly upon others who have fallen into a transgression. May each one of us be ready to restore a fallen brother or sister in Christ, and may we keep a guard upon ourselves to keep ourselves from falling into sin.

David Webber

David Webber

David Webber is married to Mary with four children and four grandchildren, and serves as the Pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Longview, TX. He obtained a BS in History from the University of Texas at Tyler, TX, and pursued studies at Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, TX. Throughout his ministry, he has been an invited preacher and educator in numerous churches and various Bible conferences. Surrendering to the gospel ministry’s calling in 1972 at the age of 16, he received preaching licensure from Little Flock Baptist Church in Longview, Texas, in 1974. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1978, he was ordained in December of 1980 by Faith Baptist Church. Following this, he contributed his services to Faith Baptist in Longview and subsequently engaged with Grace Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, where he instructed Sunday School and delivered sermons as needed. In February of 1994, Faith Baptist invited him to lead as their pastor, a role he has faithfully held to the present day. David writes a blog for the church website and is a writer for The Art of Worship.

Faith Baptist Church: Longview, Texas
More from David Webber
Romans 4:2-3
Romans 4:2-3

“For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about–but not before God! For what does the Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” – Romans 4:2-3

John 11:25-27
John 11:25-27

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die–ever. Do you believe this?’ She (Martha) said to Him, ‘Yes Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, the One who comes into the world.” – John 11:25-27

John 8:23-24
John 8:23-24

“And He was saying to them, ‘You are from below, I am from above. You are of this world, I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am His, you will die in your sins.” – John 8:23-24

John 6:39-40
John 6:39-40

“Now this is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” – John 6:39-40

John 2:18-21
John 2:18-21

“The Jews then said to Him, ‘What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews then said, ‘It took forty-six years to build this sanctuary, and will You raise it up in three days?’ But He was speaking about the sanctuary of His body.” – John 2:18-21

John 1:14
John 1:14

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14

Psalm 85:6
Psalm 85:6

“Will You not Yourself return to revive us, that your people may be glad in You?” – Psalm 85:6

Psalm 86:1 and 86:5
Psalm 86:1 and 86:5

“Incline your ear, O Yahweh, and answer me; For I am afflicted and needy…For You, Lord, are good, and by nature forgiving, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.” – Psalm 86:1 and 86:5

John 14:19
John 14:19

“After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me, because I live, you will live also.” – John 14:19