Psalm 71: Bible Study Guide

(A Worship Guide corresponding with today’s “Bible Reading Plan:” Psalm 71)

19-BSG-71A: (Psalm 71:1-24)
Hymn: I need Thee every hour (SDAH 483)

EXPLORATION: Deliverance from Enemies (Jer. 38:10-13; Dan 6:19-22; Lk 1:74; 2 Th. 3:2).

REFLECTION: The psalmist, apparently aged and in trouble, cries out to God for deliverance and is confident that God will answer him. This chapter can be divided into three section – [1] The Psalmist’s Trouble (Ps. 71:10–11). He cries out for God to rescue him from his enemies, who are plotting to destroy him. [2] The Psalmist’s Triumph. His confidence is bolstered by two truths: First, God is his help (Ps. 71:1–4, 7, 12–13); Second, God is his hope (Ps. 71:5–6, 9, 14, 17–18). [3] The Psalmist’s Testimony. He praises God for His righteous acts (Ps. 71:16, 19, 24); and for His faithfulness (Ps. 71:22). Please note that, he praises God all day long, (Ps. 71:8, 15); finally, he praises God with his voice and his harp and lyre, (Ps. 71:22–23).

DEVOTIONAL IMPLICATION: The prayer in this chapter is one that uniquely appeals to those in their old years, but it also instructs people in all stages of life –who are struggling with challenges—to cry out to God for help/ deliverance. Beloved, those who live a life of obedience, confidence in God, and continually resort to Him by faith and prayer should not panic/ or fear anything; because they have found a friend, a deliverer in Christ Jesus. He will be a ‘rock and fortress,’ a ‘hope,’ and a ‘strong refuge’ (Ps. 71: 3, 5, 7) to them.

THE GOSPEL’S VOICE: This section is written as if God were speaking directly to you—Because He does. What does the Lord say to me this morning? My son/ daughter, I love you so much. Remember that I am your father, and I am well capable to deliver you. Listen to this promise: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (Isaiah 43:2–3a, AMP)

Trust in God and cry out to Him (vv. 1–4).
Reaffirm my confidence in God (vv. 5–8).
Ask God not to forsake me (vv. 9–14).
Be a strong witness for God (vv. 15–21).
Praise God all day long (vv. 22–24).

Have A Blessed Day: “Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4, AMP)