David, in confidence of faith, and experience of God's favour, prayeth both for himself, and against the enemies of his soul.
Psalms 71:1 In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion. Psalms 71:2 Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me. Psalms 71:3 Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou [art] my rock and my fortress. Psalms 71:4 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. Psalms 71:5 For thou [art] my hope, O Lord GOD: [thou art] my trust from my youth. Psalms 71:6 By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother's bowels: my praise [shall be] continually of thee. Psalms 71:7 I am as a wonder unto many; but thou [art] my strong refuge. Psalms 71:8 Let my mouth be filled [with] thy praise [and with] thy honour all the day. Psalms 71:9 Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth. Psalms 71:10 For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together, Psalms 71:11 Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for [there is] none to deliver [him]. Psalms 71:12 O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help. Psalms 71:13 Let them be confounded [and] consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered [with] reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.
He promiseth constancy.
Psalms 71:14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more. Psalms 71:15 My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness [and] thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers [thereof]. Psalms 71:16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, [even] of thine only.
He prayeth for perserverance.
Psalms 71:17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Psalms 71:18 Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto [this] generation, [and] thy power to every one [that] is to come.
He praiseth God, and promiseth to do it cheerfully.
Psalms 71:19 Thy righteousness also, O God, [is] very high, who hast done great things: O God, who [is] like unto thee! Psalms 71:20 [Thou], which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. Psalms 71:21 Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side. Psalms 71:22 I will also praise thee with the psaltery, [even] thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel. Psalms 71:23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed. Psalms 71:24 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.