The Prayer of an Old Man

There are 150 chapters in Psalms and I read five of them every day so I read Psalms through each month. Most of the Psalms are prayers so as I read them each day, I use them as a guide for my own prayers. Many of them I have memorized so I can pray them, through out the day as situations warrant them.

My birthday was Wednesday, and I am 73 years old. Not that old, but definitely in the “old man” category. Psalms 71 is a prayer of King David when he was an old man, so I have made it mine as well. There are 24 verses in the chapter so I cut out about half.

O Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth.
By You I have been sustained from my birth;
You are He who took me from my mother’s womb;
My praise is continually of You.
Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
Do not forsake me when my strength fails.

But as for me, I will hope continually,
And will praise You yet more and more.
My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness
And of Your salvation all day long;

O God, You have taught me from my youth,
And I still declare Your wondrous deeds.
And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me,
Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
Your power to all who are to come.
For Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens,
You who have done great things;
O God, who is like You?
You who have shown me many troubles and distresses
Will revive me again,
And will bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
May You increase my greatness.

The cool thing about praying the Psalms is that there is a growing confidence and faith in God working in response to my prayers because it is right out of the Bible.

I have found different chapters of Psalms that fit every area of life, and most circumstances that I typically find myself in and I have memorized most of them.

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