An older person takes refuge in the LORD and asks to be delivered from those who seek to do him harm for his faith.
VERSE 1. In you, LORD, I take refuge. Never let me be disappointed.
I take refuge. The author comes to the LORD for protection.
VERSE 2. Deliver me in your righteousness, and rescue me. Turn your ear to me, and save me.
Deliver me. The author needs to be rescued.
VERSE 3. Be to me a rock of refuge to which I may always go. Give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.
VERSE 4. Rescue me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
VERSE 5. For you are my hope, Lord GOD; my confidence from my youth.
you are my hope. The author has trusted in the LORD since childhood. This is a lifetime of faithfulness.
VERSE 6. I have relied on you from the womb. You are he who took me out of my mother’s womb. I will always praise you.
VERSE 7. I am a marvel to many, but you are my strong refuge.
I am a marvel to many. The author is an example to lots of people.
VERSE 8. My mouth shall be filled with your praise, with your honor all day long.
all day long. The author can’t stop praising God. Has that every happened to you? You can’t stop praising God?
VERSE 9. Don’t reject me in my old age. Don’t forsake me when my strength fails.
Don’t reject me in my old age. The author does not want to be set aside.
VERSE 10. For my enemies talk about me. Those who watch for my soul conspire together,
VERSE 11. saying, “God has forsaken him. Pursue and take him, for no one will rescue him.”
VERSE 12. God, don’t be far from me. My God, hurry to help me.
don’t be far from me. The author wants God to not stay away.
VERSE 13. Let my accusers be disappointed and consumed. Let them be covered with disgrace and scorn who want to harm me.
VERSE 14. But I will always hope, and will add to all of your praise.
VERSE 15. My mouth will tell about your righteousness, and of your salvation all day, though I don’t know its full measure.
though I don’t know its full measure. The author freely admitted not knowing the LORD fully. And who possibly could?
Isaiah 55:8-9. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways,” says the LORD. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
VERSE 16. I will come with the mighty acts of the Lord GOD. I will make mention of your righteousness, even of yours alone.
VERSE 17. God, you have taught me from my youth. Until now, I have declared your wondrous works.
I have declared your wondrous works. That is, “I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do” (NLT translation).
VERSE 18. Yes, even when I am old and gray-haired, God, don’t forsake me, until I have declared your strength to the next generation, your might to everyone who is to come.
declared your strength to the next generation. The author longed to take the good news of the LORD God to anyone who will listen. This was true even when he was old and gray. Is it true of you? Do you long to take the good news of Jesus Christ to anyone who will listen?
VERSE 19. Your righteousness also, God, reaches to the heavens; you have done great things. God, who is like you?
VERSE 20. You, who have shown us many and bitter troubles, you will let me live. You will bring us up again from the depths of the earth.
shown us many and bitter troubles. That is, “allowed me to suffer much hardship” (NLT translation).
VERSE 21. Increase my honor, and comfort me again.
VERSE 22. I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, my God. I sing praises to you with the lyre, Holy One of Israel.
Holy One of Israel. This title occurs only three times in the Psalms. Here are the other two instances:
Psalm 78:41. They turned again and tempted God, and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
Psalm 89:18. For our shield belongs to the LORD; our king to the Holy One of Israel.
VERSE 23. My lips shall shout for joy! My soul, which you have redeemed, sings praises to you!
VERSE 24. My tongue will also talk about your righteousness all day long, for they are disappointed, and they are confounded, who want to harm me.
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