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Strengthen Your Servant

“Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your maidservant” (Psalm 86:16, ESV). Psalm 86 ends as it began, with a plea for God’s merciful deliverance. While the accent lies upon the grace of God, David also draws attention to the relational context: God is his master, and he is the servant of the Lord. We may not find this the most tender of the titles of the people of God, but it is a great and honorable thing to be a servant of the Almighty. God’s servants may look to Him in trouble, and rely upon their Lord’s redeeming power.

May the Lord look mercifully upon you, and lift you up in every trial. Fix your eyes upon the gracious King, who saves His servants, and trust in Him through the dark places of life. God is gracious and good, a refuge for all who come to Him.

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