Psalms 71

* Prayers that God would deliver and save. (1-13) Believing

praises. (14-24)1-13 David prays that he might never be made ashamed of

dependence upon God. With this petition every true believer may

come boldly to the throne of grace. The gracious care of Divine

providence in our birth and infancy, should engage us to early

piety. He that was our Help from our birth, ought to be our Hope

from our youth. Let none expect ease or comfort from the world.

Those who love the Lord, often are hated and persecuted; men

wondered at for their principles and conduct; but the Lord has

been their strong refuge. The faithful servants of God may be

assured that he will not cast them off in old age, nor forsake

them when their strength fails.
14-24 The psalmist declares that the righteousness of Christ,

and the great salvation obtained thereby, shall be the chosen

subject of his discourse. Not on a sabbath only, but on every

day of the week, of the year, of his life. Not merely at stated

returns of solemn devotion, but on every occasion, all the day

long. Why will he always dwell on this? Because he knew not the

numbers thereof. It is impossible to measure the value or the

fulness of these blessings. The righteousness is unspeakable,

the salvation everlasting. God will not cast off his grey-headed

servants when no longer capable of labouring as they have done.

The Lord often strengthens his people in their souls, when

nature is sinking into decay. And it is a debt which the old

disciples of Christ owe to succeeding generations, to leave

behind them a solemn testimony to the advantage of religion, and

the truth of God's promises; and especially to the everlasting

righteousness of the Redeemer. Assured of deliverance and

victory, let us spend our days, while waiting the approach of

death, in praising the Holy One of Israel with all our powers.

And while speaking of his righteousness, and singing his

praises, we shall rise above fears and infirmities, and have

earnests of the joys of heaven. The work of redemption ought,

above all God's works, to be spoken of by us in our praises. The

Lamb that was slain, and has redeemed us to God, is worthy of

all blessing and praise
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