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Psalm 71


Psalm 71
No author mentioned.
Many commentators believe it is written by David (since it seems to fit - the psalm is found at the end of a Davidic collection and before a Psalm of Solomon)
1.  In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame.
 2.  Rescue me and deliver me in your righteousness; turn your ear to me and save me.
 3.  Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.
 4.  Deliver me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of evil and cruel men.
Verse one could serve as the motto for any faithful servant of the Lord who has learned to RUN to the LORD for help and safety as one places all their trust in Him, even in the midst of danger (physical or spiritual).    
5.  For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth.
 6.  From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother's womb. I will ever praise you.
 7.  I have become like a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge.
 8.  My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.
Looking back on one’s Christian life, the divine writer sees the Lord and his providence from youth.   And even from birth the writer sees God’s grace.
The word “portent” refers to God’s loving care many times over (helping him over and over again).
Even in the midst of the memories of God’s ever-present help, the writer refers to his current troubles.  So he recognizes the Lord’s help in the past to help him in the present.
(The Lord has helped me before and He will help me yet another time according to his gracious plan for me).
The writer will not forget to praise His God for all He has done and continues to do.
9.  Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.
 10.  For my enemies speak against me; those who wait to kill me conspire together.
 11.  They say, "God has forsaken him; pursue him and seize him, for no one will rescue him."
 12.  Be not far from me, O God; come quickly, O my God, to help me.
 13.  May my accusers perish in shame; may those who want to harm me be covered with scorn and disgrace.
Whoever or whatever the enemies are – the writer looks to the Lord for deliverance from the trouble.   The Lord is (and should be) the first place we turn in times of trouble.
In his youth the divine writer trusted in God for victory.  That will not change in old age.
14.  But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.
 15.  My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure.
 16.  I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign LORD; I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.
 17.  Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
 18.  Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come.
 19.  Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, you who have done great things. Who, O God, is like you?
This is a beautiful prayer for every Christian, but especially for those getting along in years.
The focus of the prayer is not ONESELF but the LORD.
Truly, we experience much love from the Lord in life – too great to measure.
Truly, we learn to place all our faith in Him and His righteousness (which becomes and remains ours by faith in Jesus Christ our Redeemer). 
It is TREMENDOUSLY important to relay to the younger generations our personal trust in the Lord as examples for them to copy. 
Even if we have little energy, ambition or power left in us to serve as we could have done when we were younger, we still have reason enough to be content and until He calls us to himself.
20.  Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.
 21.  You will increase my honor and comfort me once again.
The writer can’t help but hope for better days from the Lord, on earth and finally in heaven one day. (where we will finally be free of all grief and pain forever)
While not as clear as New Testament verses, the divine author of this Psalm surely refers to the resurrected state and the joys it will bring us. 
When our last days draw near, may we direct our thoughts heavenward to the resurrection also – so that we may be confident of deliverance in one form or the other (deliverance from the trouble in life or complete deliverance from trouble when we enter Paradise).
22.  I will praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praise to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.
 23.  My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you-- I, whom you have redeemed.
 24.  My tongue will tell of your righteous acts all day long, for those who wanted to harm me have been put to shame and confusion.
These are closing words of praise by the author – most likely David.
He speaks as if the crisis is over.
He is filled with joy and peace for victory over the enemy.
The final victory has been won over our arch enemy the devil and that victory will become perfect reality for us when He takes us home to heaven.