Psalm 86:16-17 – You and Me – The Final Requests

Turn to me and be gracious to me;

Give your strength to your servant,

And save the son of your maidservant.

 Show me a sign of your favor,

That those who hate me may see and be put to shame,

Because you, Lord, have helped me

And comforted me.

New and improved by the end of the Psalm, the tone is very different. Gone is the struggle. Nothing is actually different, other than David and his perspective.

He asks for grace, strength, and salvation, but he is no longer flailing. He’s resting in the peace of who God is.

And he asks for a sign of God’s favor. Actually, I think he already has it — it’s the miracle that he now has peace in the midst of his circumstances.

But I do relate to his request. I often want something “little” in the midst of the “big” to remind my feeble faith that God is with me and is working. It might be a parking space at the hospital, words from a kind nurse, or a note in the mail — a little something that gives me a hug from God and reminds me that…

Salvation will come, either in life or in death.


“You, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.”


What “little” is helping you, comforting you, in the midst of your “big?” Share with us and we’ll be praying for you.

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