9 Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
9 Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.
9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent.
9 But don't turn me out to pasture when I'm old or put me on the shelf when I can't pull my weight.
9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails.
9 And now, in my old age, don't set me aside. Don't abandon me when my strength is failing.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 71:9
Commentary on Psalm 71:1-13
(Read Psalm 71:1-13)
David prays that he might never be made ashamed of dependence upon God. With this petition every true believer may come boldly to the throne of grace. The gracious care of Divine providence in our birth and infancy, should engage us to early piety. He that was our Help from our birth, ought to be our Hope from our youth. Let none expect ease or comfort from the world. Those who love the Lord, often are hated and persecuted; men wondered at for their principles and conduct; but the Lord has been their strong refuge. The faithful servants of God may be assured that he will not cast them off in old age, nor forsake them when their strength fails.