Author: Anonymous, perhaps David
God’s Help From Childhood to Old Age
Verse 1 – In You, O Lord, I put my trust; let me never be put to shame.
Verse 2 – Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape; incline Your ear to me, and save me.
Verse 3 – Be my strong habitation, to which I may resort continually; You have given the commandment to save me, for You are my rock and my foundation.
Those who have seen God’s hand on their lives, know that Christ is our solid rock, built on a solid foundation of the truth, that Christ alone is our refuge.
verse 4 – Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
Verse 5 – For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth.
Verse 6 – By You I have been upheld from my birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You.
Verse 7 – I have become as a wonder to many but You are my strong refuge.
Verse 8 – Let my mouth be filled with Your praise and with Your glory all the day.
Do you ever think about the things that God saved you from or out of before you came to Christ? I sure do. So many times I could have lost my life to; drugs, alcohol, and car wrecks. God has continually watched over my life throughout the years. He had so much more for my destiny than what I could have ever imagined. He saved me even in times I didn’t realize, until it was over. So I will forever praise Him for His goodness!
Verse 9 – Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength fails.
Verse 10 – For my enemies speak against me; and those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together,
Verse 11 – saying, “God has forsaken him; pursue and take him , for there is none to deliver him.”
It sounds like David wasn’t quit sure if God would desert him if He chose to do so. This really sounds like David wrote this psalm, so maybe he did.
Verse 12 – O God, do not be far from me; O my God, make haste to help me!
Verse 13 – Let them be confounded and consumed who are adversaries of my life, let them be covered with reproach and dishonor who seek my hurt.
Verse 14 – But I will hope continually, and I will praise You yet more and more.
Verse 15 – My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and Your salvation all the day, for I do not know of their limits.
People’s patience , love, and forgiveness, all have a limit. The benefits of our salvation from the Lord has no “limits.” I think about how many times God was patient with me to change and can’t help but tell others about what He will do for them also.
Verse 16 – I will go in the strength of the Lord God; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.
Verse 17 – O God, You have taught me from my youth; and to this day I declare Your wondrous works.
Verse 18 – Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation,Your power to everyone who is to come.
No matter how old we get or how long we have followed God, we are to never stop telling others how good our God has been to us. This will encourage the next generation.
Verse 19 – Also Your righteousness, O God, is very high, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You?
Verse 20 – You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, shall revive me again, and bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
David knew as we do, the grave is not going to hold those who believe. There’s coming a day when all those in Christ will rise from this earth! Amen.
Verse 21 – You shall increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.
Verse 22 – Also with the lute I will praise You – and Your faithfulness, O God! To You I will sing with the harp, O Holy One of Israel.
I was curious as to what a lute was: The ancient lute had a small, rounded sound box, joined to a long, narrow straight neck. Two or three strings were attached to the base of the resonator, passed over a bridge, and ran parallel to the neck, The instrument was often fretted, like the modern guitar.
Verse 23 – My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing to You, and my soul, which You have redeemed.
Verse 24 – My tongue also shall talk of Your righteousness all the day long;’ for they are confounded, for they are brought to shame who seek my hurt.