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1 In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.

2 Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.

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.

4 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.

5 For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.

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.

7 I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.

8 Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.

9 Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.

10 For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,

11 Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.

12 O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.

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.

14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.

15 My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.

16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.

17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

18 Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!

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.

21 Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.

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.

23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.

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.

Commentary for Psalms 71

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 71

  • Jose
    I believe that daily our walk with God is to grow closer so one cannot get confused or sidetrack from the lords will because Satan is always at work.
  • Hazel Carty
    I love the Lord Jesus with all my heart and all my mine and all my soul I love the Lord unconditional love he is mine and I am his i worship him alone word cannot explain his greatness
  • BSP
    Verse 5~David developed courage by relying on Jehovah God and trusting in God from his youth and through his entire life.
  • Juliana
    O God, Thou has taught me from my youth ( Ps. 71: 17): hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. I believe that Psalm 71 clearly shows that the psalmist David had a close relationship with God who taught him from his youth. He depended on God to fight his battles. As children of God we will always have enemies and David was no exception. His praise to God never ceased.

  • A disciple
    "I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge." One of my biggest griefs and questions for many years has been, Why do Churches NOT seem to know, and many even fight against the true Word of God and the Glad Tidings of Christ; turning it into a social club for mending relationships and being successful in life? I'm seeing more and more that its because they are afraid of the cross.
  • Librarygal143
    I put my trust in God.
  • A disciple
    "In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion." Psalms 71:1 What ever entered into men's hearts, and after what were they led, that confusion should then be sent by God for judgment and punishment, restraining them from what they imagined to do? And how so would it be God's conclusion and righteous remedy to let one be put to confusion? The degree of embarrassment should be fitting to the measure of our pride in the trespass, and of the inordinate thoughts and behavior we followed against better judgment and obedience. The error of the ungodly is made manifest by the confusion and darkness that they are held under and it shouldn't be any less for one professing knowledge of the truth in Christ. All the more we ought to be careful to attend to love, and a good conscience, and faith without hypocrisy, if we like not to be ashamed before men or worse, at the presence of the Lord when He comes.
  • Irene123
    Ps. ch. 71 - I want everyone to know - I am not 'IRENE'; I am Irene 123
  • Irene
    To me I hear that I put all my trust in God and asking not to be confused with what I think. That I trust in Him.
  • Rosie
    God is our beginning and our end. The Great I Am. Although sometimes our flesh anticipates God to fix our problems and protect us when we ask it's not always his time to do so but he will do so at his right time. Keep your faith and be patient. Our Lord and Savior will not forget because his love is UNCONDITIONAL.

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Bible Trivia

The psalmist, who has trusted God and been blessed since youth, seems like what to many people?
  • A Fool
  • A Magician
  • A Wonder
  • A Failure
  • A Crazy Man