Psalm 71

Forsake Me Not When My Strength Is Spent

1 1In you, O LORD, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame!
2 In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me!
3 Be to me a rock of 2refuge, to which I may continually come; you have 3given the command to save me, for you are my 4rock and my fortress.
4 5Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.
5 For you, O Lord, are my 6hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
6 Upon you I have leaned 7from before my birth; you are he who 8took me from my mother's womb. My praise is continually of you.
7 I have been as 9a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge.
8 My 10mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day.
9 11Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent.
10 For my enemies speak concerning me; those who 12watch for my life 13consult together
11 and say, "God has forsaken him; pursue and seize him, for there is none to deliver him."
12 O God, be not 14far from me; O my God, 15make haste to help me!
13 May my accusers be 16put to shame and consumed; 17with scorn and disgrace may they be covered who 18seek my hurt.
14 But I will 19hope continually and will 20praise you yet more and more.
15 My 21mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for 22their number is past my knowledge.
16 With the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD I will come; I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone.
17 O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
18 So even to 23old age and gray hairs, O God, 24do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.
19 Your 25righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done 26great things, O God, 27who is like you?
20 You who have 28made me see many troubles and calamities will 29revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again.
21 You will increase my greatness and comfort me again.
22 I will also praise you with 30the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praises to you with the lyre, O 31Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have 32redeemed.
24 And my 33tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long, for they have been 34put to shame and disappointed who sought to do me hurt.
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