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71:1 In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.
71:2 Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.
71:3 Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.
71:4 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
71:5 For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.
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.
71:7 I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.
71:8 Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.
71:9 Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
71:10 For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,
71:11 Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.
71:12 O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.
71:13 Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.
71:14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.
71:15 My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.
71:16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.
71:17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.
71:18 Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
71:19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!
71:20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
71:21 Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.
71:22 I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
71:23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.
71:24 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.



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Everything King James Bible:Psalms
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Psalms
Book: Psalms
Chapter: 71

Overview:
Prayers that God would deliver and save. (1-13) Believing
praises. (14-24)

1-13 David prays that he might never be made ashamed of
dependence upon God. With this petition every true believer may
come boldly to the Throne of Grace. The gracious care of Divine
Providence in our Birth and infancy, should engage us to early
Piety. He that was our Help from our Birth, ought to be our Hope
from our youth. Let none expect ease or comfort from the world.
Those who Love the Lord, often are hated and persecuted; men
wondered at for their principles and conduct; but the Lord has
been their strong Refuge. The Faithful servants of God may be
assured that he will not cast them off in old Age, nor forsake
them when their strength fails.

14-24 The psalmist declares that the Righteousness of Christ,
and the great Salvation obtained thereby, shall be the Chosen
subject of his discourse. Not On a Sabbath only, but On every
Day of the Week, of the Year, of his Life. Not merely at stated
returns of solemn devotion, but On every occasion, all the Day
long. Why will he always Dwell On this? Because he knew not the
Numbers thereof. It is impossible to Measure the value or the
Fulness of these blessings. The Righteousness is unspeakable,
the Salvation Everlasting. God will not cast off his grey-headed
servants when No longer capable of labouring as they have done.
The Lord often strengthens his people in their souls, when
nature is sinking into decay. And it is a Debt which the old
disciples of Christ owe to succeeding generations, to leave
behind them a solemn Testimony to the advantage of religion, and
the Truth of God's promises; and especially to the Everlasting
Righteousness of the Redeemer. Assured of deliverance and
victory, let us spend our days, while waiting the approach of
Death, in praising the Holy One of Israel with all our powers.
And while speaking of his Righteousness, and singing his
praises, we shall rise above fears and infirmities, and have
earnests of the joys of Heaven. The work of Redemption ought,
above all God's Works, to be spoken of By us in our praises. The
Lamb that was slain, and has redeemed us to God, is worthy of
all blessing and praise.

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