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 the O Lord, haue I put my trust let me neuer be put to confusyon, but rydde me, and delyuer me in thy righteousnesse: enclyne thyne eare vnto me, and saue me. Psalms 71:2 Be thou my strong holde (where vnto I maye all waye resorte) thou hast promysed to helpe me: for thou art my house of defence and my castell. Psalms 71:3 Delyuer me, O my God, out of the hand of the vngodly, out of the hande of the vnrighteous and cruell man. Psalms 71:4 For thou, O Lorde God, art the thynge that I longe for, thou art my hope euen fro my youth. Psalms 71:5 Thorow the haue I bene holden vp euer sence I was borne thou art he that toke me out of my mothers wombe, my prayse shalbe all waye of the. Psalms 71:6 I am become as it were a monster vnto many: but my sure trust is in the. Psalms 71:7 Oh let my mouth be fylled with thy prayse and honour all the daye longe. Psalms 71:8 Cast me not awaye in the tyme of age, forsake me not when my strength fayleth me. Psalms 71:9 For myne enemies speake agaynst me: & they that laye wayte for my soule, take their councell together, sayenge: God hath forsaken hym, persecute hym, and take hym, for there is none to deliuer him. Psalms 71:10 Go not farre fro me, O God: my God, haste the to helpe me. Psalms 71:11 Let them be confounded and peryshe, that are agaynst my soule: let them be couered with shame and dyshonoure, that seke to do me euell. Psalms 71:12 As for me, I wyll paciently abyde all waye, and will prayse the more and more. Psalms 71:13 My mouth shall daylie speake of thy righteousnesse & saluacion, for I knowe no ende therof.
He promiseth constancy.
Psalms 71:14 I will go forth in þe strength of the Lord God, & will make mencion of thy righteousnesse onely. Psalms 71:15 Thou, O God, hast taught me fro my youth vp vntill now, therfore will I tell of thy wonderous worckes. Psalms 71:16 Forsake me not, O God, in myne olde age, when I am gray headed: vntyll I haue shewed thy strength vnto this generacion, and thy power to all them that are yet for to come.
He prayeth for perserverance.
Psalms 71:17 Thy righteousnes (O God) is very hie, and great thynges are they þt thou hast done: O God, who is lyke vnto the? Psalms 71:18 O what greate troubles and aduersyties hast thou shewed me? and yet didest thou turne and refreshe me: yee, and broughtest me from the depe of the earth
He praiseth God, and promiseth to do it cheerfully.
Psalms 71:19 Thou hast brought me to great honour and comforted me on euery syde. Psalms 71:20 Therfore will I prayse the and thy faythfulnesse, O God, playinge vpon an instrument of musick, vnto the wyll I synge vpon the harpe, O thou holy one of Israell. Psalms 71:21 My lyppes wylbe fayne, whan I synge vnto the: Psalms 71:22 and so will my soule whom thou hast deliuered. Psalms 71:23 My tonge also shall talke of thy ryghteousnesse all the daye longe, Psalms 71:24 for they are confounded and brought vnto shame, that seke to do me euell.