Psalm 71: Humble Prayer in Time of Old Age
1 In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.
2 In your justice rescue me, and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me.
3 Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
4 O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp of the criminal and the violent.
5 For you are my hope, O Lord; my trust, O God, from my youth.
6 On you I depend from birth; from my mother’s womb you are my strength;
constant has been my hope in you.
7 A portent am I to many, but you are my strong refuge!
8 My mouth shall be filled with your praise, with your glory day by day.
9 Cast me not off in my old age; as my strength fails, forsake me not.
10 For my enemies speak against me,
and they who keep watch against my life take counsel together.
11 They say, “God has forsaken him;
pursue and seize him, for there is no one to rescue him.”
12 O God, be not far from me; my God, make haste to help me.
13 Let them be put to shame and consumed who attack my life;
let them be wrapped in ignominy and discrace who seek to harm me.
14 But I will always hope and praise you ever more and more.
15 My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation,
though I know not their extent.
16 I will treat of the mighty works of the Lord; O God, I will tell of your singular justice.
17 O God, you have taught me from my youth,
and till the present, I proclaim your wondrous deeds;
18 And now that I am old and gray, O God, forsake me not
Till I proclaim your strength to every generation that is to come.
19 Your power and your justice, O God, reach to heaven.
You have done great things; O God, who is like you?
20 Though you have made me feel many bitter afflictions, you will again revive me;
from the depths of the earth you will once more raise me.
21 Renew your benefits toward me, and comfort me over and over.
22 So I will give you thanks with music on the lyre, for your faithfulness, O my God!
I will sing your praises with the harp, O Holy One of Israel!
23 My lips shall shout for joy as I sing your praises;
My soul also, which you have redeemed,
24 and my tongue day by day shall discourse on your justice .
How shamed and how disgraced are those who sought to harm me!
Psalm 71: Humble Prayer in Time of Old Age shows us how to put our faith, our hope, and our trust in God. He is our hope and refuge. We can praise Him while reflecting on how good He is and how He cares for us and all of our needs.
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