Psalm 71

1 In You, O LORD, I put my trust; let me never be put to shame.

2 Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape; incline Your ear to me, and save me.

3 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.

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 You are my hope, O Lord GOD; You are my trust from my youth.

6 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.

7 I have become as a wonder to many, but You are my strong refuge.

8 Let my mouth be filled with Your praise and with Your glory all the day.

9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength fails.

10 For my enemies speak against me; and those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together,

11 Saying, “God has forsaken him; pursue and take him, for there is none to deliver him.”

12 O God, do not be far from me; O my God, make haste to help me!

13 Let them be confounded and consumed who are adversaries of my life; let them be covered with reproach and dishonor who seek my hurt.

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

15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and Your salvation all the day, for I do not know their limits.

16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.

17 O God, You have taught me from my youth; and to this day I declare Your wondrous works.

18 Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.

19 Also Your righteousness, O God, is very high, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You?

20 You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, shall revive me again, and bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

21 You shall increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.

22 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.

23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing to You, and my soul, which You have redeemed.

24 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.


There’s quite a bit here, but all I want to look at right now is verse fourteen, “But I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more.”  Towards the end of Jesus’ ministry he started some heavier teaching and the crowds got smaller and started to turn away.  He turned to His disciples and asked if they were going to leave too.  Peter responds in a rare moment of not putting his foot in his mouth with ,”Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”  Hebrews 11 lists case after case of people who chose to follow God and each one of them had multiple opportunities to turn back, but each of them chose to “hope continually”.  They were not ashamed of God and He was not ashamed of them.

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