Psalm 71

Psalm 71

When we are young, we feel that we do not need God’s protection.

When we are energetic, we feel that we can do anything. When we are sick, we feel that we can do nothing. Getting older is like being sick. Most of the body functions are getting slower and weaker. We lose confidence and strength. We call to God for help with genuine desperation. The Psalmist was getting older and his cries sounded real.

“In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me. Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me,    for you are my rock and my fortress. Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel. For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth. Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you. I have been like a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge. My mouth is filled with your praise,    and with your glory all day long. Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength is spent. For my enemies speak concerning me, and those who watch for my life consult together. They say, ‘Pursue and seize that person whom God has forsaken, for there is no one to deliver.’ O God, do not be far from me; O my God, make haste to help me! Let my accusers be put to shame and consumed; let those who seek to hurt me be covered with scorn and disgrace. But I will hope continually,    and will praise you yet more and more.”

When we are getting older, we lose power, position, and respect.

When we were young we rely on our own power and position. People respect us. Now they see us as burdens. However, God sees us as precious children because God does not see the looks but the hearts. When we are weak, our hearts are seeking God as a deer is seeking for a spring of water.

“My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all day long, though their number is past my knowledge. I will come praising the mighty deeds of the Lord God, I will praise your righteousness, yours alone. O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to all the generations to come. Your power and your righteousness, O God, reach the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you? You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth  you will bring me up again. You will increase my honor, and comfort me once again.”

We now acknowledge God’s genuine power and love. We humble ourselves and praise God!

“I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praises to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have rescued.  All day long my tongue will talk of your righteous help, for those who tried to do me harm    have been put to shame, and disgraced.”

We need to be older and older to understand truly who God is and how fragile we humans are!             

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