New Defender's Study Bible Notes
85:1 brought back the captivity. This psalm was written “for the sons of Korah,” so could have been written at any time from that of David to Nehemiah. This verse may suggest that its perspective is the return from Babylon, but it is also possible that it looks ahead prophetically to Israel’s ultimate restoration at the second coming of Christ.
85:6 revive us again. The history of Israel from the beginning had been one of cycles of backsliding and revival. Even after the return from Babylonian exile, there was still need for revival.
85:10 Mercy and truth. On the harmonious juxtaposition of mercy and truth, see note on Psalm 25:10.
Psalm 86 (title) A Prayer of David. This is the second of only three psalms with the superscript, “A Prayer of David” (also Psalms 17, 142), although many of David’s psalms include prayers. There are about fourteen specific prayer requests in Psalm 86.