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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For July 13, 2021
Mighty Fortress

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Psalm 71:1-24 KJV
1 In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.
2 Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.
3 Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.
4 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
5 For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.
6 By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother's bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.
7 I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.
8 Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.
9 Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
10 For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,
11 Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.
12 O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.
13 Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.
14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.
15 My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.
16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.
17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.
18 Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!
20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
21 Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.
22 I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.
24 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.

Psalm 71:1-4 turtle's commentary:
I only occassionally do this line or group of verse at a time. I never give a monthly outline and for those that think I need one, that not how God instructed me to write, so I do it his way not yours. I doubt David outlined his work when he sat and wrote a Psalms or rode in a chariot and words began to flow from his lips into a song. Maybe David got up out of bed in the middle of the night and began to play is harp to the words of what was dancing in his head in praise and honor to God almighty. No one questions why an outline was not given only who wrote each Psalm. I suspect David wrote Psalm just because of the way it is written and the nature of the Psalm, but there always a chance I even could be wrong here. David often asked God for deliverance even as a child tending his father sheep and defending them against wolves, bears and lions. David seen another force out there of wicked, unrighteous and cruel men, who not only hunted him in battle but sought to kill him or deceive him. He was a man that knew the road of battle and victory, but also knew he needed God's deliverance and aid in times of trouble. A warrior King needed strength, power, wisdom, and deliverance from God. He understood the need of God in his personal life and yet the world shouts they need not God not understanding there are things that can destroy them without the aid and might coming from God himself.

Psalms 71:5-8 turtle's commentary:
David acknowledge God's power to be taken out of the womb of even his mother. Other Psalms declare how wonderfully he is made and knitted in his mother womb(Psalms 139). David knew that God had created even him. He acknowledge God hs his refuge, through out his days he desires to honor God and to praise his name. He had God's witness in his life from childhood, and not just as an adult.

Psalms 71:9-16 turtle's commentary:
David does not want to be cast off or thrown away as people in old age often are, even when their strength fails. David was faced in old age of who his kingdom would go too. His Son Absalom tried to over throw his kingdom and his son landed up hanging by his hair in a tree where he died. Solomon would be the one to rule in David's place after his death. As part of David kingdom was ripped from his hand, the enemy seen his weakness to try and take the full kingdom only for God to deliver him despite his weakness, despite his sin and despite his age. David had repented for sleeping with Bathsheba and still trusted in God who corrected him, but he was still seen weak, as the nation of Israel learned of David sin with an soldier's wife and having the man killed in battle.

David still with his correction could call God his righteous. Still claim God's power and might. Still claim the need for God in his life. That is important, can we claim God through out our days even when corrected he is our God and our fortress in whom we still trust. Do we still see God has being just.

Psalm 71:17-24 turtle's commentary:
Has long has each of us who believe have we testified of the greatness and wonderful works of our God in the journey of faith, despite our mistakes, and short comings. Are we still willing to praise the Lord. David seen his gray hair and knew God was still the God of his youth. Still the God that was worthy to be praised. David desire to show the strength of God of his youth to the next generation. To the generation rising up despite his fall. He desire to show how God still in his wisdom would raise him up in service to God. Can we still of his comfort and her mercy, can we praise the Lord through out our days. Can we still praise God with a repented and humble heart so others can hear of his good work and come to him. David was truly the shepherd king that wanted the flock of Israel to seek Go above himself. He truly demonstrated through praise and worship.

Where are you this morning are you praising God with your lips. Are you testifying to the next generation. Even I fail at testifying to the next generation and I say it something including myself need to do more of. Let us testify of the greatness of our God.

Dear Heavenly Father has we see your work through our life time let us praise you and testify of your greatness even through the destruction of wicked works of darkness, evil men and men that plot against you and me. Lord help us to praise your name in our journey through out our days for you are a mighty fortress willing to deliver, protect and correct us. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: David's Life found in I Samuel starting in chapter 16.


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