Summer in the Psalms

Read: Psalm 71:1-24

1 Lord, I seek refuge in you;
let me never be disgraced.
2 In your justice, rescue and deliver me;
listen closely to me and save me.
3 Be a rock of refuge for me,
where I can always go.
Give the command to save me,
for you are my rock and fortress.
4 Deliver me, my God, from the power of the wicked,
from the grasp of the unjust and oppressive.
5 For you are my hope, Lord God,
my confidence from my youth.
6 I have leaned on you from birth;
you took me from my mother’s womb.
My praise is always about you.
7 I am like a miraculous sign to many,
and you are my strong refuge.
8 My mouth is full of praise
and honor to you all day long.
9 Don’t discard me in my old age.
As my strength fails, do not abandon me.
10 For my enemies talk about me,
and those who spy on me plot together,
11 saying, “God has abandoned him;
chase him and catch him,
for there is no one to rescue him.”
12 God, do not be far from me;
my God, hurry to help me.
13 May my adversaries be disgraced and destroyed;
may those who intend to harm me
be covered with disgrace and humiliation.
14 But I will hope continually
and will praise you more and more.
15 My mouth will tell about your righteousness
and your salvation all day long,
though I cannot sum them up.
16 I come because of the mighty acts of the Lord God;
I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.
17 God, you have taught me from my youth,
and I still proclaim your wondrous works.
18 Even while I am old and gray,
God, do not abandon me,
while I proclaim your power
to another generation,
your strength to all who are to come.
19 Your righteousness reaches the heights, God,
you who have done great things;
God, who is like you?
20 You caused me to experience
many troubles and misfortunes,
but you will revive me again.
You will bring me up again,
even from the depths of the earth.
21 You will increase my honor
and comfort me once again.
22 Therefore, I will praise you with a harp
for your faithfulness, my God;
I will sing to you with a lyre,
Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips will shout for joy
when I sing praise to you
because you have redeemed me.
24 Therefore, my tongue will proclaim
your righteousness all day long,
for those who intend to harm me
will be disgraced and confounded.

Transformation Questions: 

  • What are things that give you confidence? Do you think these things will change or stay the same as you age?
  • David finds his confidence in God, and he is able to recount God’s faithfulness even in his old age. Are there any senior adults in your life who you know have put their confidence in God? How do you know?
  • At every stage of life, we need to acknowledge how God is faithful. What are some things you can do in your spiritual walk to remind yourself of God’s faithfulness?
  • How does David stay confident, even though it is his son, Adonijah, is trying to usurp his throne?
  • Have you ever been betrayed by a family member or close friend? How do you keep your eyes on Jesus in the midst of hurt and betrayal?
  • Do you believe that if you still have breath in your lungs, that God’s not done with you? How do you see God working in and through you in the days ahead?
  • Verse 18 is powerful. David declares that he doesn’t want God to abandon him until he proclaims his faith to the next generation. Complete this statement: God, don’t abandon me until…what?
  • David wanted to proclaim his faith to the next generation. What are some ways that we can ensure we are passing on our faith to the generations behind us?
  • Why is it so important for us to finish our race strong as believers?
  • How does the gospel fuel our longevity?