In You, O Lord, I put my trust; let me never be put to shame. Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape; incline Your ear to me, and save me. Be my strong refuge, to which I may resort continually; You have given the commandment to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress. Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth. By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You. I have become as a wonder to many, but You are my strong refuge. Let my mouth be filled with Your praise and with Your glory all the day. Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength fails. For my enemies speak against me; and those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together, saying, “God has forsaken him; pursue and take him, for there is none to deliver him.” O God, do not be far from me; O my God, make haste to help me! Let them be confounded and consumed who are adversaries of my life; let them be covered with reproach and dishonor who seek my hurt. But I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more. My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and Your salvation all the day, for I do not know their limits. I will go in the strength of the Lord God; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only. O God, You have taught me from my youth; and to this day I declare Your wondrous works. Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come. Also Your righteousness, O God, is very high, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You? You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, shall revive me again, and bring me up again from the depths of the earth. You shall increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side. Also with the lute I will praise You– and Your faithfulness, O my God! To You I will sing with the harp, O Holy One of Israel. My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing to You, and my soul, which You have redeemed. My tongue also shall talk of Your righteousness all the day long; for they are confounded, for they are brought to shame who seek my hurt. (Psalm 71)
The Prayer Of The Aged Believer
The wisdom of age comes from years of toil and labor under the sun. Life begins in the cradle of youth filled with the energy of a thousand years. With the coming years of maturity the eyes of wisdom brighten with reflections of days past. Experience becomes a master teacher as the hair turns gray from the passing years of time. Reflecting at this time of life the unknown psalmist revels in the glory of God’s protective care through the years and the promise to declare that glory to the next generation.
Prayer is a vital link of the soul of man to his Creator. Reflecting on the presence of God in life the psalmist unfolds for us the heart of thanksgiving for the deep love of his Lord. He has seen the hand of God daily while a youth. He acknowledges dependence on the Lord to carry him through the travails of life. There is no one but God that he will trust because God is the only one who has never failed him. His prayer is one of deep thanksgiving for the grace found only in the Lord.
As we come to the middle of the week this prayer is so helpful. Spend time today thinking about how many times God has blessed your life. Acknowledge the working of the grace of God in your life in quiet reflection. Count your many blessings touched by the hand of our Father. And then pray throughout the day for the strength of the Lord to guide your thoughts and actions. Trust in Him. Give thanks to Him. Read this psalm today. He is the Rock of our salvation.
God is, and all is well (J. G. Whittier, My Birthday, 1871)