God be near to me (Ps 71:12-71:16)

“O God!

Do not be far from me!

O my God!

Make haste to help me!

Let my accusers be put to shame!

Let them be consumed!

Let those who seek to hurt me

Be covered with scorn and disgrace!

But I will hope continually!

I will praise you,

Yet more and more!

My mouth will tell

Of your righteous acts!

My mouth will tell

Of your deeds of salvation,

All day long,

Even though their number is past my knowledge.

I will come praising

The mighty deeds of Yahweh.

I will praise your righteousness,

Yours alone.”

Once again, this aging psalmist wanted God to be close to him. He wanted it to happen quickly. The theme of bringing the pursuers to shame came out again. There is an idea of a curse to those who were wicked. He wanted his accusers put to shame and consumed. Anyone who tried to hurt him, he wanted them covered with scorn and disgrace. However, he was going to still hope and praise Yahweh more and more. All day long he would tell people about Yahweh and his marvelous deeds that were too numerable to mention. He was going to praise the righteous God, Yahweh alone.

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