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 have become an ominous sign to many,
but 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. Psalm 71:1-9 (HCSB)
Last night I sat reading this psalm and my heart was stirred by hope as I read these words. It is a testimony of the truth about God.
- No matter what is going on in my life, I can cry out to God and He will already be there with His arms open, my refuge.
- When I am beat down and feel I cannot go another step, God is Hope and is ready to pour out His hope on me to lift me up.
- God is worthy of all my thanks and praise. And I want to start and end each day giving thanks to Him for all that He has done.
Today I am thinking about how God has been with me for 60 years as He knew me even in my mother’s womb. And that is a wonderful truth for everyone to know. Is there a senior saint who needs a reminder of how much God loves them and is with them every day? The hair may turn silver, walking may take the same effort as running, and more friends are going on to heaven but God loves and takes care of His child through every day of their life in this world and for all eternity with Him.
Take a minute and turn to God. What does He say to you? Do you hear Him mention someone to call or send a card for encouragement? Who needs to hear Psalm 71 besides you and me? ___________? Yes fill in the blank and lift them up with God’s encouragement and hope!
Testify to Love written by Paul Field, Ralph van Manen, & Hank Pool, sung by Wynonna Judd