Psalm 71 71 1IN YOU, O Lord, do I put my trust and confidently take refuge; let me never be put to shame or confusion! 2Deliver me in Your righteousness and cause me to escape; bow down Your ear to me and save me! 3Be to me a rock of refuge in which to dwell, and a sheltering stronghold to which I may continually resort, which You have appointed to save me, for You are my Rock and my Fortress. 4Rescue me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the grasp of the unrighteous and ruthless man. 5For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust from my youth and the source of my confidence. 6Upon You have I leaned and relied from birth; You are He Who took me from my mother’s womb and You have been my benefactor from that day. My praise is continually of You. 7I am as a wonder and surprise to many, but You are my strong refuge. 8My mouth shall be filled with Your praise and with Your honor all the day. 9Cast me not off nor send me away in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent and my powers fail. 10For my enemies talk against me; those who watch for my life consult together, 11Saying, God has forsaken him; pursue and persecute and take him, for there is none to deliver him. 12O God, be not far from me! O my God, make haste to help me! 13Let them be put to shame and consumed who are adversaries to my life; let them be covered with reproach, scorn, and dishonor who seek and require my hurt. 14But I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more. 15My mouth shall tell of Your righteous acts and of Your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is more than I know. 16I will come in the strength and with the mighty acts of the Lord God; I will mention and praise Your righteousness, even Yours alone. 17O God, You have taught me from my youth, and hitherto have I declared Your wondrous works. 18Yes, even when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not, [but keep me alive] until I have declared Your mighty strength to [this] generation, and Your might and power to all that are to come. 19Your righteousness also, O God, is very high [reaching to the heavens], You Who have done great things; O God, who is like You, or who is Your equal? 20You Who have shown us [all] troubles great and sore will quicken us again and will bring us up again from the depths of the earth. 21Increase my greatness (my honor) and turn and comfort me. 22I will also praise You with the harp, even Your truth and faithfulness, O my God; unto You will I sing praises with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. 23My lips shall shout for joy when I sing praises to You, and my inner being, which You have redeemed. 24My tongue also shall talk of Your righteousness all the day long; for they are put to shame, for they are confounded, who seek and demand my hurt.
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