Study 67 From the Book of Psalms is: Psalms 86 and 87
- 86. List (a) the psalmist’s petitions, and (b) the reasons for his confidence that his prayer will be heard. Note especially in verses 8-13 the concentration of his thought on God in worship and thanksgiving. Can you pray verse 11, and mean it?
- 87 is a kind of prophetic expansion of Ps. 86:9. Zion is seen as the city of God’s special choice and sovereign purpose. Individuals from the nations that were Israel’s enemies are to become citizens of Zion. Are you one? What is the significance of the birth register, and being ‘born there’? Cf. Jn. 3:3, 5; Heb. 12:22-24; Rev. 21:27.
- 86:2. ‘I am godly’: the adjective speaks of devotion to God, and loyalty to His covenant.
- 86:11. ‘Unite my heart to fear thy name’: cf. Dt. 6:4, 5; Je. 32:39. The psalmist desires in singleness of heart and harmony of purpose to be wholly and exclusively devoted to God’s worship and service.
- 87:7. The city resounds with joy, each worshipper declaring that the one source of all his blessing is Zion and Zion’s Lord.