Psalm 71

A psalm of hope, from trouble to trust.

1–4 Prayer for help
5–8 Confession of trust
9–13 Prayer for help when old
14–18 Trusting God and declaring His salvation
19–24 Confident praise

  • Verse 9 tells you something about the psalmist’s circumstances. How would old age be a cause for the enemy’s attack?
  • Verse 14 is at the middle point of this psalm—note how the psalmist shifts from trouble to trust.
  • Do God’s acts of deliverance ever run out? How would that encourage this old man? What application can you make?