Psalms, chapter 71

Placing your live in the hands of God. At all times we can trust in the Lord, He will provide.

Our Bible reading for today is from Psalms 71, the verse of reference in  is: 

 “Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.” (Psalms 71:5 NIV).


All that happens is for the best.

Historical commentary. – The psalmist composed this prayer as he was entering old age: “David was deeply moved and was overwhelmed at the thought of his old age … He felt the need to guard against the evils that accompany senescence “(1 JT 172, 173). But I think this psalm is relevant for all times in life. David takes verses and phrases from other psalms (22, 31, 35, 40) to express his emotions, with an originality charm on its own, a psalm of old age.

Why we face troubles and distresses? – While we live in this world, we have to face afflictions, calamities, trouble, adversity, misfortune, and sorrows. However, we must never doubt that God listens, responds and we have secured the victory in Christ Jesus. “It is not out of the race, but in it, that one develops Christian character. Exposure to rebuffs and opposition, followers of Christ are led to greater watchfulness and more earnest prayer to the mighty Helper. The hardships endured by the grace of God, develop patience, vigilance, strength, and deep and abiding trust in God. This is the triumph of the Christian faith which enables its followers to suffer and be strong, to submit, and thus conquer, to be dead all day and yet live, to endure the cross and win the crown of glory. ” HAp 373.

From the depths, God revive us. – David expresses the certainty that God will rescue you from the depths of anguish, discouragement and put it in a safe place. Similarly, we must trust in the power of God. “For our light and momentary troubles that we now suffer there is an eternal glory that is worth far more than all suffering. Let us not fix our eyes on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2Co 4:17, 18). 


Our Father. We thank you for the troubles and distresses that you allow to happen to us, they help us to get closer to your presence and further away from sin. We we ask is that you may increase our faith and help us trust in your good will. In the name of Jesus, amen.

By Dr. Franz Rios and Pablo Rios
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