Psalms 86:1-17 . This is a prayer in which the writer, with deep emotion, mingles petitions and praises, now urgent for help, and now elated with hope, in view of former mercies. The occurrence of many terms and phrases peculiar to David's Psalms clearly intimates its authorship.
4. lift up my soul--with strong desire ( Psalms 25:1 ).
8. neither . . . works--literally, "nothing like thy works," the "gods" have none at all.
11. Teach--Show, point out.
the way--of Providence.
walk in thy truth--according to its declarations.
unite my heart--fix all my affections ( Psalms 12:2 , 4:8 ).
to fear thy name--(compare Psalms 86:12 ) to honor Thy perfections.
15. Contrasts God with his enemies (compare Psalms 86:5 ).
16. son . . . handmaid--homeborn servant (compare Luke 15:17 ).
17. Show me--literally, "Make with me a token," by Thy providential care. Thus in and by his prosperity his enemies would be confounded.