David wrote Psalm 71 much later in his life, and throughout the psalm you see him remember his victories and struggles and God’s faithfulness through it all.
Charles Spurgeon describes Psalm 71 as, “the prayer of the aged believer, who, in holy confidence of faith, strengthened by a long and remarkable experience, pleads against his enemies, and asks further blessings for himself. Anticipating a gracious reply, he promises to magnify the Lord exceedingly.” In his old age, David had seen God remain faithful through it all, and he knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that God would hear his pleas and act in his righteousness.
“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.”Psalm 71:5-6
When we’re new in our faith, it can be exciting because we’re on fire and everything is new. But just think about how great it will be when we’re old in our faith like David was when he penned this psalm. He had been walking with God for probably 60 years at this point, and he had been through a lot. He experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, but through it all, he tried his best to keep God at the center. God was who he cried to for help and who he sang praises to. 60 years in and David was able to really reflect on God’s provision and protection. He was able to see how God’s firm hand also provided him with the grace and mercy he needed when he messed up.
Where are you in your faith journey? Are you at the beginning, somewhere in the middle, or have you been doing this for a long time? Wherever you are, enjoy it. Each season of our faith brings its own blessings and struggles, and just remember, everything has a season.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”Ecclesiastes 3:1
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