Psalm 71: Lifelong Trust

Why might people be disappointed in the ways God keeps them “safe”?

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Psalm 71:1 Lord, I trust you to keep me safe. Don’t let me be disappointed.
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Psalm 71:1 In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.

What is righteous about God’s deliverance when we escape the pain that we asked for through our wrongdoing?

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Psalm 71:2 In your righteousness, deliver me. Hear my prayer and make a way of escape.
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Psalm 71:2 Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.

Why can we be confident that God simply giving the order is sure to keep us safe?

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Psalm 71:3 Be my safe house, a secure place where I can always come. Give the order, and I will be safe, for you are my rock and my fortress.
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Psalm 71:3 Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.

For what reasons might we be caught in the grasp of the wicked and need God’s deliverance?

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Psalm 71:4 Deliver me from the grasp of the wicked, God. Save me from the vicious, brutal people.
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Psalm 71:4 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.

How can young people benefit from being taught to trust the Lord, when they’ve not yet experienced much of a need?

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Psalm 71:5 You are my hope, Lord God. I have trusted you since I was young.
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Psalm 71:5 For thou art my hope, O Lord God: thou art my trust from my youth.

If Christians were born to praise God, why aren’t they always active in doing it?

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Psalm 71:6 From the day I was conceived, you have sustained me. You gave me breath when I left my mother’s womb, and I was born to praise you forever.
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Psalm 71:6 By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.

To what extent should we take credit for our successes?

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Psalm 71:7–8 Many people think I’m spectacular, but you are the strength and defense behind my success. All day I will praise you and do what honors you.
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Psalm 71:7–8 I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge. Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.

In our relationship with God, why might being old and feeble be a concern?

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Psalm 71:9 Don’t neglect or ignore me when I am old and feeble.
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Psalm 71:9 Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.

How can we know what the motives of our enemies are?

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Psalm 71:10–11 My enemies lie about me and plot together for my death. “God has forsaken him,” they say. “Let’s go after him, because no one will rescue him.”
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Psalm 71:10–11 For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together, Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.

Why should we be desperate to close the distance between us and God?

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Psalm 71:12 Close the distance between you and me, God. I need your help now.
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Psalm 71:12 O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.

Under what conditions would we not have enemies? Should we expect everyone to agree with us? Why?

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Psalm 71:13 Confuse and destroy those who wish I were dead. Embarrass and disgrace those who want to harm me.
Matthew 5:10–12 Blessed are the persecuted, those who suffer because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are the hated, those who are rejected, insulted, and falsely accused because of me. In their day of abuse, they will rejoice because their reward in Heaven is great. The ancient prophets were treated the same way.
John 15:20 Remember what I said before. The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you. If they had listened to me, they would listen to you.
Romans 12:18 Arguing with people builds strife, which you want to avoid. Do your best to live peaceably with everyone.
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Psalm 71:13 Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.
Matthew 5:10–12 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

Why do people give up their hope in God?

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Psalm 71:14–15 I will never let go of my hope in you but will praise you more and more. Your wondrous deeds are more than I can count, so I will tell stories of your righteousness and deliverance all the time, every day.
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Psalm 71:14–15 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more. My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.

What does it take to be a “skilled communicator”?

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Psalm 71:16–17 By the power of the Holy Spirit, I will be a skilled communicator of the righteous work that you alone can do. God, you taught me through experiences when I was young, so now I have great stories to show how marvelous you are.
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Psalm 71:16–17 I will go in the strength of the Lord God: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

How can old, worn-out people reveal God’s mighty power to the next generation?

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Psalm 71:18–19 Now that I am old and my hair is gray, don’t abandon me like something obsolete. Let me reveal your mighty power to the next generation. Your righteousness, God, is sky-high. The great things you have done are unequaled anywhere.
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Psalm 71:18–19 Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!

What are the benefits of fearful, painful times?

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Psalm 71:20–21 You led me through many fearful, painful times and saved me from death to make my life meaningful and rewarding. And you’re not finished yet, for you will continue to comfort me and make me better.
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Psalm 71:20–21 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.

What tools are available to us in praising God?

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Psalm 71:22–23 With melodies on my harp, I will sing of your faithfulness, my God, O Holy One of Israel. I shout for joy when I sing praises to you, for you have saved my life, keeping me from death.
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Psalm 71:22–23 I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel. My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.

For what reasons can we claim that God is just and good? Why might people say he isn’t?

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Psalm 71:24 Every moment of the day, I will testify how just and good you are, for you have confused my enemies and put them to shame.
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Psalm 71:24 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.