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Psalm 71

posted 23 Sept 2013, 02:27 by Ben@theorderoftheblacksheep.com
I have found shelter in You, Eternal One;
    I count on You to shield me always from humiliation and disgrace.
Rescue and save me in Your justice.
    Turn Your ear to me, and hurry to deliver me from my enemies.
Be my rock of refuge where I can always hide.
    You have given the order to keep me safe;
    You are my solid ground—my rock and my fortress.

Save me from the power of sinful people, O my God,
    from the grip of unjust and cruel men.
For You are my hope, Eternal One;
    You, Lord, have been the source of my confidence since I was young.
I have leaned upon You since I came into this world;
    I have relied on You since You took me safely from my mother’s body,
So I will ever praise You.

Many find me a mystery,
    but You are my rock and my shelter—my soul’s asylum.
My mouth overflows with praise to You
    and proclaims Your magnificence all day long.
Do not set me aside when I am old;
    do not abandon me when I am worn out.
10 For my enemies often voice evil against me;
    those who desire to kill me plot together in secret.
11 They say, “God has abandoned him;
    let’s go after him right now and seize him.
    There’s no one around to rescue him.”

12 God, stay close by me.
    Come quick, O my God, and help me!
13 May my enemies be covered in shame and then die;
    may those who seek to harm me
    be overwhelmed with contempt and disgrace.
14 But I will keep hope alive,
    and my praise to You will grow exponentially.
15 I will bear witness to Your merciful acts;
    throughout the day I will speak of all the ways You deliver,
    although, I admit, I do not know the entirety of either.
16 I will come with stories of Your great acts, my Lord, the Eternal.
    I will remind them of Your justice, only Yours.

17 You have taught me since I was young, O God,
    and I still proclaim the wonderful things You have done.
18 Now as I grow old and my hair turns gray,
    I ask that You not abandon me, O God.
Allow me to share with the generation to come
    about Your power;
Let me speak about Your strength and wonders
    to all those yet to be born.
19 God, Your justice stretches to the heavens,
    You who have done mighty things!
    Who is like You, O God?

20 You have made me see hard times: I’ve experienced many miserable days,
    but You will restore me again.
You will raise me up
    from the deep pit.
21 You will greatly increase my status
    and be my comfort once again.

22 I will praise You with music played on a harp
    because You have been faithful, O my God.
I will sing praises to You with the lyre,
    O Holy One of Israel.
23 I will shout for joy
    as I sing Your praises;
    my soul will celebrate because You have rescued me.
24 All day long I will declare how Your justice saved me,
    for those who have plotted to bring me harm
    are now ashamed and humiliated.