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 ashamed. Psalms 71:2 Deliver me in thy righteousness, and rescue me: bow down thine ear unto me, and save me. Psalms 71:3 Be thou 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 Rescue 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 My mouth shall 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 concerning me; and they that watch for my soul take counsel together, Psalms 71:11 Saying, God hath forsaken him: pursue and take him; for there is none to deliver. Psalms 71:12 O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste to help me. Psalms 71:13 Let them be ashamed [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 praise thee yet more and more. Psalms 71:15 My mouth shall tell of thy righteousness, [and] of thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers [thereof]. Psalms 71:16 I will come with the mighty acts 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 Yea, even when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have declared thy strength unto [the next] generation, thy might 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; thou who hast done great things, O God, who is like unto thee? Psalms 71:20 Thou, which hast shewed us many and sore troubles, shalt quicken us again, and shalt bring us up again from the depths of the earth. Psalms 71:21 Increase thou my greatness, and turn again and comfort me. Psalms 71:22 I will also praise thee with the psaltery, [even] thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing praises with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel. Psalms 71:23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing praises 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 ashamed, for they are confounded, that seek my hurt.