Psalm 71 – Praising God for My Life

Today is my birthday, and so I decided to do a search of the Psalms for one that talks about God being our hope from childhood. I found Psalm 71, and have posted the first nine verses of it. With this Psalm, I do praise God for my life because He has been my strength and protection through so many trials, and He has been my hope even when times are good. He has rescued me from the eternal consequences of death apart from Him, and protects me from the wiles of the devil. It truly is no wonder that I am always praising Him!

I love verse 7. I have had people tell me that my life is a good example, though sometimes I don’t feel like I am. But I know that the only reason I can be a good example is because of His Holy Spirit giving me strength and protection; it is only because of the wisdom that comes from Him alone.

Psalm 71

 1 O Lord, I have come to you for protection;
      don’t let me be disgraced.
 2 Save me and rescue me,
      for you do what is right.
   Turn your ear to listen to me,
      and set me free.
 3 Be my rock of safety
      where I can always hide.
   Give the order to save me,
      for you are my rock and my fortress.
 4 My God, rescue me from the power of the wicked,
      from the clutches of cruel oppressors.
 5 O Lord, you alone are my hope.
      I’ve trusted you, O Lord, from childhood.
 6 Yes, you have been with me from birth;
      from my mother’s womb you have cared for me.
      No wonder I am always praising you!

 7 My life is an example to many,
      because you have been my strength and protection.
 8 That is why I can never stop praising you;
      I declare your glory all day long.
 9 And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside.
      Don’t abandon me when my strength is failing.

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


17 Responses

    • Rea. Thanks. It is with God’s help that I am a good example. I know I wasn’t much of one before I let Him in. But now He’s in charge, He is my hope, and that’s a good thing. 🙂 Peace, Linda

  1. Happy birthday, Linda. I wish you peace and joy with the knowledge that no good will God ever withhold from you. I leave you with this thought:
    All that has happened to you in this life as a believer, whether good or bad, is being used by Christ for your good to prepare you for royalty in a kingdom that will never end!

  2. Happy Birthday, Linda!

    “O Lord, you alone are my hope.
    I’ve trusted you, O Lord, from childhood.”
    (Except for the times when I was running my own show… 🙁 )

    Thanks for sharing this lovely passage with us. Hope the rest of your day is super fantastic! As my pastor would say ‘May the rest of your days be the best of your days!’

    Birthday blessings and more,

    • Ann, Thanks! It’s been a great day hanging out with my guys. I know what you mean about the times of running our own show. I’ve tried to do a bit of that myself, but am glad to trust in Him as my hope now! Peace, Linda

  3. Happy , happy birthday to you!!!! I love the psalm you found to go with your birthday. We can never praise Him enough. And you ARE such a great example for Him here in blog land, and I’m sure in the rest of your life too. God bless you and fill you with extra joy today as we all celebrate beautiful you!

  4. Hi Linda,

    Happy Birthday!!!! You were prayed for by many people in college, and God answers prayers on His own schedule,in His own time. Here you are now–23,000+ discreet bits of encouragement to believers (and maybe non-believers/questioners) in countries all over the world! I love the illustration of your life and the power of faithful prayers–and I give thanks for your life too!!

    • Jill, How nice to hear from you! God does, indeed, have His own timing in answering prayers. I’ve come a long way since our college days. His love and grace amaze me, and I am honored to have Him use me as an encourament to others. Peace, Linda

    While I cannot say that God was my hope from childhood, since I had no reason to believe there was such a person, I can wholeheartedly say that for the last almost 53 years of my almost 75 years, my loving heavenly Father has been my Guide and Counsellor, my Strength and Enabler, my Encourager and Challenger . . . my Everything! Without Him I am nothing.

    • Thank you! It’s been a pretty nice day. When I was young, I didn’t realize God was my hope. But looking back I can see that He was with me all along; He was my hope even when I didn’t know it. Peace, Linda

      • “Looking back” . . . that is the key. Looking back I can see that even though I didn’t know there was a God, He was there. So much happened in my early life and while people would think that God had no part in it, I KNOW He intervened so many times. Although there isn’t even one happy memory from childhood, I thank my God for EVERYTHING that happened to me, for enabling me to face them and triumph over them and for using those things to make me the person I am. To God be the glory: great things HE has done.

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