The old man’s prayer (Ps 71:7-71:11)

“I have been as a portent to many.

You are my strong refuge.

My mouth is filled

With your praise.

My mouth is filled

With your glory all the day.

Do not cast me off

In the time of old age.

Do not forsake me

When my strength is spent.

My enemies speak concerning me.

Those who watch for my life

Consult together.

They say.

‘God has forsaken him.

Pursue and seize that person.

There is no one to deliver him.’”

This psalmist was like a threat to many, but God was his strong refuge. All day long he was filled with praise and glory to God. He did not want God to cast him aside in his old age. His strength was decreasing. People were out to get him. They said that God had forsaken him. Thus they wanted to pursue him and take hold of him. This old man asked for God’s help.