86[A prayer of David.] Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help.2Protect me, for I am devoted to you. Save me, for I serve you and trust you. You are my God.3Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am calling on you constantly.4Give me happiness, O Lord, for I give myself to you.5O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.6Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord; hear my urgent cry.7I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble, and you will answer me.8No pagan god is like you, O Lord. None can do what you do!9All the nations you made will come and bow before you, Lord; they will praise your holy name.10For you are great and perform wonderful deeds. You alone are God.11Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you.12With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever,13for your love for me is very great. You have rescued me from the depths of death.14O God, insolent people rise up against me; a violent gang is trying to kill me. You mean nothing to them.15But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.16Look down and have mercy on me. Give your strength to your servant; save me, the son of your servant.17Send me a sign of your favor. Then those who hate me will be put to shame, for you, O Lord, help and comfort me.