Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me: for I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.
3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.
4 Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
6 Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.
7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.
8 Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.
9 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.
10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.
11 Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.
13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.
14 O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.
15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
16 O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.
17 Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, Lord, hast holpen me, and comforted me.
All my life I have felt the Holy Spirit protecting me, but it wasn’t until I grew up and put away childish thoughts of this world that I began to understand how much the Lord loves me!
About two years ago, I finished my B.A. in psychology. I was so excited that all of my adult children and grandchildren would attend my graduation. The day before graduation I felt allergies coming on. It was hard to breathe so I decided to go to the emergency room for a chest x-ray. The doctor told me that I had “A fib” and wanted to admit me for observation. I explained to the doctor that I wanted to attend my graduation the next day. Reluctantly, they allowed me to leave with the promise that I would see my physician Monday.
Graduation day arrived but I was still so ill that I couldn’t attend. I was devastated! Being the first generation to get a degree in my family was so important for me! On Monday, the doctor immediately sent me to the hospital where it was discovered I had an enlarged hole in my heart. All that I could think was how God had protected me through every heartbeat of my life!
Praise God with the song writer of Psalm 86! Glorify His Name! Great are His Mercies! I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with ALL MY HEART: and I will glorify thy name for evermore (v. 12)!
Secretary and Teachers’ Aid, Simi Valley Adventist Church and School, California USA