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Psalm 71

June 4, 2009

This psalm is a prayer of faith and commitment to God. It is not attributed to David but it seems obvious it was written by him in the waning years of his reign.

It begins by acknowledging God has been his refuge, the One the psalmist has depended on for help, wisdom, and guidance. He looks to God for his salvation. God will remove his shame [sin], will deliver him in His Righteousness, is able to save him, is his fortress, and will protect him from his wicked enemies.

He continues by acknowledging God is his hope. God has always been the psalmists hope. There has been no other. He then prays that God will continue to be his refuge and his hope and that God will continue to protect him in his old age from enemies who want to dethrone him. He prays that his enemies will be disgraced because of their sin. He continues by saying he will always hope in God. He will praise God and tell of His goodness, mercy, righteousness, and salvation. He will remind others of God’s power, His mighty acts, and His good deeds. He acknowledges/commits to praise God until he dies.

The psalmist continues to praise God for His righteousness and good deeds particularly in times of trouble. He acknowledges that God, in His power, will raise him up [resurrect him from the grave] to glory and honor and provide comfort to him. He praises God for his faithfulness, for redeeming him; for victory over his enemies.

This psalm deserves more study than I have given it here. Consider the character of God; a fortress, our redeemer, righteous, our protector, our hope, His power, His goodness, His victory over death, and His faithfulness. If we acknowledge God and all these characteristics there is no good logical reason why we should not be faithful to seek Him, to obey Him, and to praise His Name. Dwell on these things with praise and thanksgiving. May God be our hope for all eternity. Praise His Holy Name.

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