The Prayer of an Old Man
71 1 In You, O Lord , I have taken refuge ; Let me never e be ashamed . 2 In Your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; Incline Your ear to me and save me. 3 Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come ; You have given commandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress . 4 Rescue me, O my God , out of the hand of the wicked , Out of the grasp of the wrongdoer and ruthless man , 5 For You are my hope ; O Lord GOD , You are my confidence from my youth . 6 By You I have been sustained from my birth ; You are He who took me from my mother's womb ; My praise is continually of You. 7 I have become a marvel to many , For You are my strong refuge . 8 My mouth is filled with Your praise And with Your glory all day long. 9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age ; Do not forsake me when my strength fails . 10 For my enemies have spoken against me; And those who watch for my life have consulted together , 11 Saying , " God has forsaken him; Pursue and seize him, for there is no one to deliver ." 12 O God , do not be far from me; O my God , hasten to my help ! 13 Let those who are adversaries of my soul be ashamed and consumed ; Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor , who seek to injure me.
14 But as for me, I will hope continually , And will praise You yet more and more . 15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And of Your salvation all day long; For I do not know the sum of them. 16 I will come with the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD ; I will make mention of Your righteousness , Yours alone . 17 O God , You have taught me from my youth , And I still e declare Your wondrous deeds . 18 And even when I am old and gray , O God , do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation , Your power to all who are to come . 19 For Your righteousness , O God , reaches to the heavens , You who have done great things ; O God , who is like You? 20 You who have shown me many troubles and distresses Will revive me again , And will bring me up again from the depths of the earth . 21 May You increase my greatness And turn to comfort me. 22 I will also praise You with a harp , Even Your truth , O my God ; To You I will sing praises with the lyre , O Holy One of Israel . 23 My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You; And my soul , which You have redeemed . 24 My tongue also will utter Your righteousness all day long; For they are ashamed , for they are humiliated who seek my hurt .