The psalmist knew the sweetness of his salvation, he knew the glory of the days he had walked with the Lord; but he did not know how many days remained for him to do so (vv. 12-15). He had been raised in a God-fearing environment and learned well of the goodness of God. His one concern was that he would finish well and that he would be able to relate to the power and glory of God in his present generation (vv. 16-18). He speaks of how God’s deeds of kindness are not only known in the heavens but will make him truly great (vv. 19-21). He closes by saying he will play the harp as he sings and shouts to the Holy One of Israel all the day long (vv. 22-24).
Because of what the Lord had done for the aging psalmist all of his life he vowed to continue to praise Him for future deliverances. He expresses his determination to hope in and praise God for His righteousness, salvation, and mighty saving acts (v. 24). His life from the time of his youth had been filled with praise for God’s marvelous deeds. Now when he is old he still desires to praise Him and declare His power. In this passage the psalmist rehearses some of the great things God has done for him. Who, O God is like you? is asked several times in the Psalms, with slight variations in wording (cf. 35:10, 77:13, 89:6 and 113:5). God has shown the aging psalmist over and over again that He is able to deliver him from trouble and even from the point of death (cf. 30:1 and 130:1). Therefore he is confident that God will honor and comfort him once again.
As I grow older, It is my desire to be a person who continually praises the Lord for who He is and what He has done in my life and through my life. I also want to look for ways I can praise others and cause their energy levels to go up like in the illustration above.
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Psalms 68:1-10Fear And Praise Over God’s Triumph
Psalms 68:11-14From The Wilderness to Zion
Psalms 68:15-23Choosing Zion For His Dwelling Place
Psalms 68:24-35Calling The Nation to Praise
Psalms 69:1-12Suffering For The Lord’s Sake
Psalms 69:13-21Rescued From Misery And Trouble
Psalms 69:22-36Enemies to be Blotted Out of The Book of Life
Psalms 70:1-5Prayer For Relief From Adversaries
Psalms 71:1-13Prayer For God’s Protection
Psalms 71:14-24Continuation of a Life of Praise
Psalms 72:1-11Prayer For Righteous Judgement
Psalms 72:12-20God Helps Those Who Help Others
Psalms 73:1-09The Prosperity of The Wicked
Psalms 74:1-12A Prayer For Relief From Oppressors
Psalms 74:13-23A Defence of The Truth