In Psalm 86, David turns to the Lord in his time of distress and difficulty (“When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.” Psalm 86:7) and that is what we should do too!

Now that all sounds very religious and is what we would expect to hear from someone writing a spiritual posts, but have you ever tried “turning to the Lord” only to find that things still didn’t turn out the way you ask God to make them turn out? So, because things didn’t pan out the way “we wanted them to” we tend to assume that God is not real or he did not hear me, or this “trusting God stuff” just doesn’t work! Or, does it?

I will admit that sometimes I wonder if God really does hear me or if praying and asking God for help really works. As a human being we all have weaknesses such as doubt and a lack of faith & trust at times. So when things aren’t going the way we had hoped, why would we still trust God?

I find two things in Psalm 86 that help me to trust God, even when circumstances aren’t shaking out the way I had hoped. Here they are:


Maybe God is trying to teach me something!

We looked at this in Part 1 of this post. So let’s look at the second thing in Psalm 86 that helps me trust God:


What does God think about me?

Quite often we have the wrong idea of what God thinks about us. We may think that He is manipulating us like puppets for His pleasure or He is mad at us and so is making us suffer or maybe He just doesn’t care about us anymore because we have let Him down so many times. These are all normal assumptions, however, wrong assumptions.

Psalm 86 David points out several things that tell us what God really thinks about us. Take courage in these:

  1. He wants to bring joy to our life – “Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you.” Psalm 86:4
  2. He is forgiving – “You, Lord, are forgiving …” Psalm 86:5a
  3. He is good – “You Lord are forgiving and good…” Psalm 86:5a
  4. He loves us, a lot – “…Abounding in love to all who call to you.” Psalm 86:5b; “For great is your love toward me …” Psalm 86:13a
  5. He answers our prayers – “When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.” Psalm 86:7

God only wants what is best for us. What is best for us is to follow God’s plan for our lives. That is why David also said in Psalm 86:11, “Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.”

So when we are asking God for help in a time of difficulty and things are not turning out the way we imagined them, then ask yourself, “Is God trying to teach me something” and remind your self that God wants you to have joy, he is forgiving and good, He loves you a lot and He is answering your prayer, even if it is not exactly how we wanted it.