Psalms 71* Prayers that God would deliver and save. (1-13) Believingpraises. (14-24)1-13 David prays that he might never be made ashamed ofdependence upon God. With this petition every true believer maycome boldly to the throne of grace. The gracious care of Divineprovidence in our birth and infancy, should engage us to earlypiety. He that was our Help from our birth, ought to be our Hopefrom our youth. Let none expect ease or comfort from the world.Those who love the Lord, often are hated and persecuted; menwondered at for their principles and conduct; but the Lord hasbeen their strong refuge. The faithful servants of God may beassured that he will not cast them off in old age, nor forsakethem when their strength fails. 14-24 The psalmist declares that the righteousness of Christ,and the great salvation obtained thereby, shall be the chosensubject of his discourse. Not on a sabbath only, but on everyday of the week, of the year, of his life. Not merely at statedreturns of solemn devotion, but on every occasion, all the daylong. Why will he always dwell on this? Because he knew not thenumbers thereof. It is impossible to measure the value or thefulness of these blessings. The righteousness is unspeakable,the salvation everlasting. God will not cast off his grey-headedservants when no longer capable of labouring as they have done.The Lord often strengthens his people in their souls, whennature is sinking into decay. And it is a debt which the olddisciples of Christ owe to succeeding generations, to leavebehind them a solemn testimony to the advantage of religion, andthe truth of God's promises; and especially to the everlastingrighteousness of the Redeemer. Assured of deliverance andvictory, let us spend our days, while waiting the approach ofdeath, in praising the Holy One of Israel with all our powers.And while speaking of his righteousness, and singing hispraises, we shall rise above fears and infirmities, and haveearnests of the joys of heaven. The work of redemption ought,above all God's works, to be spoken of by us in our praises. TheLamb that was slain, and has redeemed us to God, is worthy ofall blessing and praise
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