Psalm 71

God's Help in Old Age

1 Lord, I seek refuge in You;a never let me be disgraced.b
2 In Your justice, rescue and deliver me; listen closely to me and save me.
3 Be a rock of refugec for me, where I can always go. Give the command to save me, for You are my rock and fortress.d e
4 Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and oppressive.
5 For You are my hope, Lord God , my confidence from my youth.
6 I have leaned on You from birth; You took me from my mother's womb.f My praise is always about You.
7 I have become an ominous sign to many, but You are my strong refuge.g
8 My mouth is full of praise and honor to You all day long.h
9 Don't discard me in my old age: as my strength fails, do not abandon me.i
10 For my enemies talk about me, and those who spy on me plot together,
11 saying, "God has abandoned him; chase him and catch him, for there is no one to rescue [him]."j
12 God, do not be far from me; my God, hurry to help me.k
13 May my adversaries be disgraced and confounded; may those who seek my harm be covered with disgrace and humiliation.l
14 But I will hope continuallym and will praise You more and more.
15 My mouth will tell about Your righteousness and Your salvation all day long, though I cannot sum them up.
16 I come because of the mighty actsn of the Lord God ; I will proclaim Your righteousness, Yours alone.
17 God, You have taught me from my youth, and I still proclaim Your wonderful works.
18 Even when I am old and gray, God, do not abandon me.o Then I willp proclaim Your power to [another] generation, Your strength to all who are to come.q
19 Your righteousness reaches heaven, God, You who have done great things; God, who is like You?r
20 You caused mes to experience many troubles and misfortunes, but You will revive met again. You will bring meu up again, even from the depths of the earth.
21 You will increase my honor and comfort me once again.
22 Therefore, with a lute I will praise You for Your faithfulness, my God; I will sing to You with a harp, Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to You, because You have redeemed me.
24 Therefore, my tongue will proclaim Your righteousness all day long, for those who seek my harm will be disgraced and confounded.