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 Lorde, I trust: let me neuer be ashamed. Psalms 71:2 Rescue mee and deliuer me in thy righteousnes: incline thine eare vnto me and saue me. Psalms 71:3 Be thou my strong rocke, whereunto I may alway resort: thou hast giuen commaundement to saue me: for thou art my rocke, & my fortresse. Psalms 71:4 Deliuer mee, O my God, out of the hande of the wicked: out of the hande of the euill and cruell man. Psalms 71:5 For thou art mine hope, O Lord God, euen my trust from my youth. Psalms 71:6 Vpon thee haue I beene stayed from the wombe: thou art he that tooke me out of my mothers bowels: my praise shalbe alwaies of thee. Psalms 71:7 I am become as it were a monster vnto many: but thou art my sure trust. Psalms 71:8 Let my mouth be filled with thy praise, and with thy glory euery day. Psalms 71:9 Cast mee not off in the time of age: forsake me not when my strength faileth. Psalms 71:10 For mine enemies speake of mee, and they that lay waite for my soule, take their counsell together, Psalms 71:11 Saying, God hath forsaken him: pursue and take him, for there is none to deliuer him. Psalms 71:12 Goe not farre from me, O God: my God, haste thee to helpe me. Psalms 71:13 Let them be confounded & consumed that are against my soule: let them be couered with reproofe and confusion, that seeke mine hurt.
He promiseth constancy.
Psalms 71:14 But I will waite continually, and will praise thee more and more. Psalms 71:15 My mouth shall daily rehearse thy righteousnesse, and thy saluation: for I knowe not the nomber. Psalms 71:16 I will goe forwarde in the strength of the Lord God, and will make mention of thy righteousnesse, euen of thine onely.
He prayeth for perserverance.
Psalms 71:17 O God, thou hast taught me fro my youth euen vntill nowe: therefore will I tell of thy wonderous workes, Psalms 71:18 Yea, euen vnto mine olde age and graie head, O God: forsake me not, vntill I haue declared thine arme vnto this generation, and thy power to all them, that shall come.
He praiseth God, and promiseth to do it cheerfully.
Psalms 71:19 And thy righteousnes, O God, I wil exalt on high: for thou hast done great thinges: O God, who is like vnto thee! Psalms 71:20 Which hast shewed me great troubles and aduersities, but thou wilt returne, and reuiue me, and wilt come againe, and take mee vp from the depth of the earth. Psalms 71:21 Thou wilt increase mine honour, & returne and comfort me. Psalms 71:22 Therefore will I praise thee for thy faithfulnesse, O God, vpon instrument and viole: vnto thee will I sing vpon the harpe, O Holy one of Israel. Psalms 71:23 My lippes will reioyce when I sing vnto thee, and my soule, which thou hast deliuered. Psalms 71:24 My tongue also shal talke of thy righteousnesse daily: for they are confounded and brought vnto shame, that seeke mine hurt.