Psalm 71 dances back and forth between the two themes of worship and refuge. The Psalmist praises, worships, fears, and follows God, and God delivers, saves, helps, and rescues him. Yet the Psalmist never indicates that his worship earns or causes God to deliver him. In fact, God has been delivering him ever since He took him from the womb, and taught him in his youth, long before he realized what was happening! The Psalmist’s praise is a response to God’s initiative, and every time God rescues him, he pours forth more thankful praise. As you come to worship this week and every week, celebrate God’s constant help by singing His praise and proclaiming His goodness.
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