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 God I haue put my trust, let me neuer be put to confusion: Psalms 71:2 ridde me and deliuer me in thy ryghteousnesse, incline thine eare vnto me, and saue me. Psalms 71:3 Be thou my strong holde whervnto I may alway resort: thou hast geuen a charge to saue me, for thou art my house of defence, and my castell. Psalms 71:4 Delyuer me O my Lorde out of the hande of the vngodly: out of the hande of the vnryghteous and cruell man. Psalms 71:5 For thou O Lorde God art the thyng that I long for: thou art my hope euen from my youth. Psalms 71:6 Through thee haue I ben mayntayned euer since I was borne: thou art he that toke me out of my mothers wombe, my praise shalbe alway of thee. Psalms 71:7 I am become as it were a monster vnto many: but my sure trust is in thee. Psalms 71:8 Oh let my mouth be fylled: with thy prayse and glorie all the day long. Psalms 71:9 Cast me not away in the tyme of age: forsake me not when my strength fayleth me. Psalms 71:10 For myne enemies speake against me: and they that lay awayte for my soule take their counsayle together. Psalms 71:11 They say, the Lorde hath forsaken hym: do you persecute hym and take hym, for there is none to delyuer hym. Psalms 71:12 Go not farre from me O Lorde: haste thee O my Lorde to helpe me. Psalms 71:13 Let them be confounded, let them be brought to naught that are agaynst my soule: let them be couered with shame and dishonour that seke to do me euyll.
He promiseth constancy.
Psalms 71:14 As for me I wyll patiently wayte alway: and I wyll prayse thee more and more. Psalms 71:15 My mouth shall dayly speake of thy ryghteousnesse and saluation: for I knowe no ende therof. Psalms 71:16 I wyll go foorth in the strength of the Lorde God: [and] I wyll only make mention of thy ryghteousnesse.
He prayeth for perserverance.
Psalms 71:17 Thou O God hast taught me from my youth: and hytherto I can well declare thy wonderous workes. Psalms 71:18 Wherfore whylest I am olde and am gray headed: O Lorde forsake me not, vntyll I haue shewed thy arme vnto [this] generation, and thy power to all them that are yet for to come.
He praiseth God, and promiseth to do it cheerfully.
Psalms 71:19 And vntyll I [haue] exceedyngly exalted O Lorde thy ryghteousnesse: for great thynges are they that thou hast done, O Lorde who is lyke vnto thee? Psalms 71:20 Which hast made me to feele many great troubles and aduersities: yet returnyng thou hast reuyued me, yea returnyng thou hast caused me to come out from the bottome of the earth. Psalms 71:21 Thou hast brought me to greater honour then I had before: & thou returnyng hast comforted me on euery syde. Psalms 71:22 Therfore I wyll confesse vnto thee thy trueth O Lorde, playing vpon an instrument of musicke: vnto thee I wyl syng psalmes vpon the harpe O thou most holy [God] of Israel. Psalms 71:23 My lyppes wyll be ioyfull when I syng vnto thee: and so wyll my soule which thou hast redeemed. Psalms 71:24 My tongue also shal talke of thy righteousnesse all the day long: for they are confounded and brought vnto shame that seke to do me euyll.