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 Jehovah, I have trusted, Let me not be ashamed to the age. Psalms 71:2 In Thy righteousness Thou dost deliver me, And dost cause me to escape, Incline unto me Thine ear, and save me. Psalms 71:3 Be to me for a rocka habitation, To go in continually, Thou hast given command to save me, For my rock and my bulwark [art] Thou. Psalms 71:4 O my God, cause me to escape From the hand of the wicked, From the hand of the perverse and violent. Psalms 71:5 For Thou [art] my hope, O Lord Jehovah, My trust from my youth. Psalms 71:6 By Thee I have been supported from the womb, From my mother's bowels Thou dost cut me out, In Thee [is] my praise continually. Psalms 71:7 As a wonder I have been to many, And Thou [art] my strong refuge. Psalms 71:8 Filled is my mouth [with] Thy praise, All the day [with] Thy beauty. Psalms 71:9 Cast me not off at the time of old age, According to the consumption of my power forsake me not. Psalms 71:10 For mine enemies have spoken against me, And those watching my soul have taken counsel together, Psalms 71:11 Saying, 'God hath forsaken him, Pursue and catch him, for there is no deliverer.' Psalms 71:12 O God, be not far from me, O my God, for my help make haste. Psalms 71:13 They are ashamed, they are consumed, Who are opposing my soul, They are covered [with] reproach and blushing, Who are seeking my evil,
He promiseth constancy.
Psalms 71:14 And I continually do wait with hope, And have added unto all Thy praise. Psalms 71:15 My mouth recounteth Thy righteousness, All the day Thy salvation, For I have not known the numbers. Psalms 71:16 I come in the might of the Lord Jehovah, I mention Thy righteousnessThine only.
He prayeth for perserverance.
Psalms 71:17 God, Thou hast taught me from my youth, And hitherto I declare Thy wonders. Psalms 71:18 And also unto old age and grey hairs, O God, forsake me not, Till I declare Thy strength to a generation, To every one that cometh Thy might.
He praiseth God, and promiseth to do it cheerfully.
Psalms 71:19 And Thy righteousness, O God, [is] unto the heights, Because Thou hast done great things, O God, who [is] like Thee? Psalms 71:20 Because Thou hast showed me many and sad distresses, Thou turnest backThou revivest me, And from the depths of the earth, Thou turnest backThou bringest me up. Psalms 71:21 Thou dost increase my greatness, And Thou surroundestThou comfortest me, Psalms 71:22 I also thank Thee with a vessel of psaltery, Thy truth, O my God, I sing to Thee with a harp, O Holy One of Israel, Psalms 71:23 My lips cry aloud when I sing praise to Thee, And my soul that Thou hast redeemed, Psalms 71:24 My tongue also all the day uttereth Thy righteousness, Because ashamedbecause confounded, Have been those seeking my evil!