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, Jehovah, do I trust: let me never be ashamed. Psalms 71:2 Deliver me in thy righteousness, and rescue me; incline thine ear unto me, and save me. Psalms 71:3 Be to me a rock of habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress. Psalms 71:4 My God, rescue me 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 Jehovah, my confidence from my youth. Psalms 71:6 On thee have I been stayed from the womb; from the bowels of my mother thou didst draw me forth: my praise shall be continually of thee. Psalms 71:7 I have been as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge. Psalms 71:8 My mouth shall be filled with thy praise, with thy glory, 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 watch for my soul consult together, Psalms 71:11 Saying, God hath forsaken him; pursue and seize him, for there is none to deliver. Psalms 71:12 O God, be not far from me; my God, hasten to my help. Psalms 71:13 Let them be ashamed, let them be 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 as for me, I will hope continually, and will praise thee yet more and more. Psalms 71:15 My mouth shall declare thy righteousness, [and] thy salvation all the day: for I know not the numbers [thereof]. Psalms 71:16 I will go in the might of the Lord Jehovah; I will recall thy righteousness, thine alone.
He prayeth for perserverance.
Psalms 71:17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth, and hitherto have I proclaimed thy marvellous works: Psalms 71:18 Now also, when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not, until I have proclaimed thine arm unto [this] generation, thy might to every one that is to come.
He praiseth God, and promiseth to do it cheerfully.
Psalms 71:19 And thy righteousness, O God, reacheth on high, thou who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee? Psalms 71:20 Thou, who hast shewn us many and sore troubles, wilt revive us again, and wilt bring us up again from the depths of the earth; Psalms 71:21 Thou wilt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side. Psalms 71:22 I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, my God; unto thee will I sing psalms with the harp, thou holy One of Israel. Psalms 71:23 My lips shall exult when I sing psalms unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed. Psalms 71:24 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day; for they shall be ashamed, for they shall be brought to confusion, that seek my hurt.