Discover the Book - Feb. 26, 2012


Learning to Never Stop Talking about God's Goodness

 As we open to Psalm 71, we have already seen how the whole Psalm is a portrait about how David looked at life through the lens of Scripture.

But today, as we come to the ending of David’s life we are looking at another aspect of His life reflected in this Psalm.

David declares that he is going to speak out about the goodness of God to the end.

David has learned to never stop talking about the goodness of God. Please listen to God speaking through David.

Psalm 71:6, 8, 15, 17-18 (NKJV)
v. 6 “By You I have been upheld from birth;
You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb.
My praise shall be continually of You.
v. 8 Let my mouth be filled with Your praise and with Your glory all the day
v. 15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and Your salvation all the day, For I do not know their limits.
v. 17 O God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works.
v. 18 Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.”

If we could summarize what David was doing in Psalm 71 it would be something like: I’m going to be thankful about everything and pray about everything.

Look back at what he says, and underscore them in your hearts, your minds, and your Bibles.

David is: Rejoicing

First of all, David is rejoicing in the Lord. You, You, You: the Lord fills David’s mind, David’s words, David’s future plans. That is what rejoicing is about: the Lord. Rejoicing is not about good times, it finds it source in the Lord. If the Lord fills our minds and lives, we are rejoicing, there is no way around it. So David is rejoicing.

David is: Praying

Secondly, David is talking to the Lord. All the way through this Psalm we see David talking to the Lord. In fact almost all of David’s 71 Psalms look either partially or entirely like prayers. They reflect David’s heart. David loved to talk to the Lord. What do we call “talking to the Lord”? We call it prayer, right? So David is praying.

David is: Thankful

Finally, David is clearly thankful. He is talking about all the good things his God has done for him. David says everything since my birth has Your Handiwork stamped upon it. David was thankful for God’s wondrous works, for God’s salvation, for God’s righteousness, for God’s power. In other words David saw God everywhere in life, and in everything that happened. So David is thankful.

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