Saturday of Lent 1 – March 16, 2019 –Psalm 86:2
Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God
The antiphon is taken from verse 6, “Give ear, O lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace.” In our need we pray to the Lord because out of His kindness and love our Lord answers each prayer.
The title of this Psalm is simply, A Prayer of David. We can't place it to a specific time in David's life, because there are too many possible points where this connects with his general circumstances. This Psalm is also notable because David calls God Adonai (Meaning “Lord,” “Lord God,” "Master" “Owner”) seven times.
The Lord is forgiving abounding in love to all who call upon Him. For as we cry out to the Lord from a place of intimacy, as our gracious loving merciful Savior, we can have the same assurance and the same confidence that David had: that He is faithful who keeps all His promises, as David reminds us in Psalm 86:7, “In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer my prayer.”
God's goodness appears in two things, in giving and forgiving. Whatever others do, call upon God, and commit your case to Him. You shall not seek in vain.
O God, by Your Word You marvelously carry out the work of reconciliation: Grant that in our Lenten fast we may be devoted to You with all our hearts, and united with one another in prayer and holy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.