The Psalms of David

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Psalm 70

    (This is) for the (music) leader.
(It is) a psalm of David, to give him help to remember.

v1      God, save me!
     *LORD, hurry to give me help.

v2      There are people that want to kill me.
     I hope that they will become ashamed and confused.
     There are people that want to destroy me.
     I hope that everyone will say that they are bad people.

v3      I want all those people that say to me "*Aha! Aha!"
       to become very sorry for what they have done.

v4      I want everyone looking for you to be happy, very happy.
     I want everyone that loves it when you save them to say, "*Praise God".

v5      But I am poor and I need help.
     God, hurry to give me help.
     You are my help, and you save me.
     God, do not be long!

 The Story of Psalm 70

If you read Psalm 40:13-17 you will find that it is *like Psalm 70. There are very few differences. Why do these words come twice in our Bibles? If you look at Psalm 35:4, 21, 26 and 27 you will find that most of Psalm 70 is there also. It really comes three times! Perhaps the word "remember" at the top gives us help. David thought that it was important to remember the words of Psalm 70, because he was often in danger. Perhaps he used them when he was not thanking God for an answer to his *prayer (as in Psalm 40). There are two other examples of psalms coming twice or three times: Psalms 14 and 53; and Psalms 57, 60 and 108.

In the New Testament also we find words repeated. Many of the stories of Jesus come more than once. The Feeding of 5000 People comes 4 times! *Saint Paul also said, "To write the same things to you ... is safe" (Philippians 3:1). When things come more than once it means that God wants us to remember them in a special way.

What Psalm 70 means

Verse 1: David asks God for help soon, because (verse 2) an enemy is going to kill him.

Verse 3: The enemy thinks that he has beaten David, so the enemy says, "*Aha! Aha!" These are not really words, but sounds that people make when they think, "I have won the fight!"

Verse 5: David remembers again that he needs help from God.

Something to do

Read Psalm 40:13 - 17 and Psalm 70 and find where they are not the same. Do the differences change what it means?

A Song for Old Age

Psalm 71

Jesus said, "*Trust me until the day that you die. Then I will give to you a *crown of life". (Revelation 2:10)

Psalm 71

v1      *LORD, I am *trusting in you.
     Do not let me ever become ashamed.

v2      Take me away from danger and make me free,
       because you do what is right.
     Listen to me and make me safe.

v3      You really are a rock,
       where I can always go to hide from danger.
     Tell people to make me safe,
       for you are my rock and my *fortress.

v4      My God, take me from the hands of *godless people.
     Take me from the *cruel and *evil people that are holding me.

v5      You are my hope, Master.
     *LORD, I have *trusted in you since I was young.

v6      Since I was born, I have *trusted in you.
     You have given me help since I came out of my mother's *womb.
     I will always tell you how great you are!

v7      I make many people think of danger and become afraid.
     But you are a strong and safe place for me.

v8      My mouth is full of saying how great you are.
     All day I am saying that you are beautiful!

v9      Do not throw me away when I am old.
     Do not forget me when I am not strong.

v10    For my enemies say things against me
       and the people that want to kill me are making plans together.

v11    They say, "God has forgotten him.
     Run after him and catch him! For nobody will save him".

v12    God, do not stay far from me.
     God, give me help very soon.

v13    Make my enemies become completely ashamed.
     Cover in *scorn and *disgrace the people that want to hurt me.

v14    But I, I will always have hope.
     I will go on saying again and again that you are great.

v15    My mouth will say that you are *righteous,
       that you make people safe *all day long.
     (I will do this) even if I do not know how much (you have done).

v16    I will come and speak about the great things that you have done,
     Master and *LORD.
     I will talk about how *righteous that you are.
     You, only you, (are *righteous).

v17    God, you have taught me since I was young.
     And until now I have told about the wonderful things that you have done.

v18    And even when I am old and grey, do not forget me, God.
     Do not forget me until I tell the people still to be born:
       ·    about your great power and
       ·    how strong you are.

v19    You are *righteous, God, with *righteousness as high as the sky!
     You have done such great things, God, who is *like you?

v20    Even when you made me see troubles, many bad troubles,
       you made me live again.
     From deep under the earth you brought me up again.

v21    You will make me great again and make me strong.

v22    I will sing about how great you are, with *harp music.
     You do what you promise, God.
     I will sing about how great you are, with *guitar music.
     You are the *Holy One of Israel.

v23    My lips will shout because I am so happy!
     I really want to sing about how great you are.
     You have bought me back.

v24    My *tongue will talk about your *righteousness *all day long.
     The people that want to hurt me will become ashamed
       and covered with *disgrace.

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