Psalm 71:5-6 NIV 2011
For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.
From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb .I will ever praise you.
Psalm 70 is believed to be an introduction to Psalm 71. It’s a prayer requesting God’s help as he aged and his strength began to wane, found in verse 9b, “do not forsake me when my strength is gone.” The author confessed the Lord had consistently been his hope. Psalm 22:11, is one of David’s youthful Psalms, “Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is not one to help.” His life struggles while standing fast with the Lord were his testimony of faith in God. Hope and confidence are both found in God alone.
Words to music at times sum up many of the struggles in life. “Through All of It” by Colton Dixon has become a favorite of mine. There may be some who experience anxiety, depression or other instances of stress. The chorus ends with this, “Life’s been a journey I’ve seen joy, I’ve seen regret. Oh and you have been my God through all of it!” As with David, God is the one constant in life that is ever present. When we choose to place our faith in Christ, our hope and confidence is found in God alone.
Who is suffering and needs to know Christ?
Our hope and confidence is in Christ alone,