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BibleGateway: Psalm 71

ESV Text: Psalm 71

Psalm 71 (Listen)

Forsake Me Not When My Strength Is Spent


71:1   In you, O LORD, do I take refuge;
    let me never be put to shame!
  In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
    incline your ear to me, and save me!
  Be to me a rock of refuge,
    to which I may continually come;
  you have given the command to save me,
    for you are my rock and my fortress.


  Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
    from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.
  For you, O Lord, are my hope,
    my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
  Upon you I have leaned from before my birth;
    you are he who took me from my mother’s womb.
  My praise is continually of you.


  I have been as a portent to many,
    but you are my strong refuge.
  My mouth is filled with your praise,
    and with your glory all the day.
  Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
    forsake me not when my strength is spent.
10   For my enemies speak concerning me;
    those who watch for my life consult together
11   and say, “God has forsaken him;
    pursue and seize him,
    for there is none to deliver him.”


12   O God, be not far from me;
    O my God, make haste to help me!
13   May my accusers be put to shame and consumed;
    with scorn and disgrace may they be covered
    who seek my hurt.
14   But I will hope continually
    and will praise you yet more and more.
15   My mouth will tell of your righteous acts,
    of your deeds of salvation all the day,
    for their number is past my knowledge.
16   With the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD I will come;
    I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone.


17   O God, from my youth you have taught me,
    and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
18   So even to old age and gray hairs,
    O God, do not forsake me,
  until I proclaim your might to another generation,
    your power to all those to come.
19   Your righteousness, O God,
    reaches the high heavens.
  You who have done great things,
    O God, who is like you?
20   You who have made me see many troubles and calamities
    will revive me again;
  from the depths of the earth
    you will bring me up again.
21   You will increase my greatness
    and comfort me again.


22   I will also praise you with the harp
    for your faithfulness, O my God;
  I will sing praises to you with the lyre,
    O Holy One of Israel.
23   My lips will shout for joy,
    when I sing praises to you;
    my soul also, which you have redeemed.
24   And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long,
  for they have been put to shame and disappointed
    who sought to do me hurt.

(ESV)


KJV Text:

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KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 71:

     1 In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion. 2 Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me. 3 Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art 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 thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth. 6 By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee. 7 I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge. 8 Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day. 9 Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth. 10 For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together, 11 Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him. 12 O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help. 13 Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.

     14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more. 15 My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof. 16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. 17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. 18 Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. 19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee! 20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. 21 Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side. 22 I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel. 23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed. 24 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 25 :
I Will Sing my Maker’s Praises

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

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1. I will sing my Maker’s praises 
And in Him most joyful be, 
For in all things I see traces 
Of His tender love to me. 
Nothing else than love could move Him 
With such sweet and tender care 
Evermore to raise and bear 
All who try to serve and love Him. 
All things else have but their day, 
God’s great love abides for aye. 

2. Yea, so dear did He esteem me 
That His Son He loved so well 
He hath given to redeem me 
From the quenchless flames of hell. 
O Thou Spring of boundless blessing, 
How could e’er my feeble mind 
Of Thy depth the bottom find 
Though my efforts were unceasing? 
All things else have but their day, 
God’s great love abides for aye. 

3. All that for my soul is needful 
He with loving care provides, 
Nor of that is He unheedful 
Which my body needs besides. 
When my strength cannot avail me, 
When my powers can do no more, 
Doth my God His strength outpour; 
In my need He doth not fail me. 
All things else have but their day, 
God’s great love abides for aye. 

4. When I sleep, He still is near me, 
O’er me rests His guardian eye; 
And new gifts and blessings cheer me 
When the morning streaks the sky. 
Were it not for God’s protection, 
Had His countenance not been 
Here my guide, I had not seen 
E’er the end of my affliction. 
All things else have but their day, 
God’s great love abides for aye. 

5. As a father never turneth 
Wholly from a wayward child, 
For the prodigal still yearneth, 
Longing to be reconciled, 
So my many sins and errors 
Find a tender, pardoning God, 
Chastening frailty with His rod, 
Not in vengeance, with His terrors. 
All things else have but their day, 
God’s great love abides for aye. 

6. Since, then, neither change nor coldness 
In my Father’s love can be, 
Lo! I lift my hands with boldness, 
As Thy child I come to Thee. 
Grant me grace, O God, I pray Thee, 
That I may with all my might, 
All my lifetime, day and night, 
Love and trust Thee and obey Thee 
And, when this brief life is o’er, 
Praise and love Thee evermore.