Forsake Me Not When My Strength Is Spent
1 # For ver. 1-3, see Ps. 31:1-3 In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame!
2In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
incline your ear to me, and save me!
3Be to me a rock of #[Ps. 90:1; 91:9; Deut. 33:27] refuge,
to which I may continually come;
you have #See Ps. 42:8 given the command to save me,
for you are my #See Ps. 18:2rock and my fortress.
Ps. 140:1, 4 Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.
5For you, O Lord, are my #Jer. 14:8; 17:13; 50:7; 1 Tim. 1:1hope,
my trust, O Lord, from my youth.
6Upon you I have leaned #See Ps. 22:10 from before my birth;
you are he who #Ps. 22:9took me from my mother’s womb.
My praise is continually of you.
7I have been as #Isa. 8:18; [1 Cor. 4:9]a portent to many,
but you are my strong refuge.
8My #ver. 24mouth is filled with your praise,
and with your glory all the day.
9 # ver. 18 Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
forsake me not when my strength is spent.
10For my enemies speak concerning me;
those who #Ps. 56:6 watch for my life #Ps. 83:5; [Ps. 41:7, 8]consult together
11and say, “God has forsaken him;
pursue and seize him,
for there is none to deliver him.”
12O God, be not #See Ps. 10:1 far from me;
O my God, #Ps. 70:5; See Ps. 40:13make haste to help me!
13May my accusers be #ver. 24; See Ps. 35:4, 26 put to shame and consumed;
Ps. 109:29 with scorn and disgrace may they be covered
who #ver. 24; Esth. 9:2; [Ps. 70:2]seek my hurt.
14But I will #ver. 5 hope continually
and will #ver. 22praise you yet more and more.
15My #ver. 8, 24 mouth will tell of your righteous acts,
of your deeds of salvation all the day,
for #See Ps. 40:5their number is past my knowledge.
16With the mighty deeds of the Lord God I will come;
I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone.
17O God, from my youth you have taught me,
and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
18So even to #Isa. 46:4 old age and gray hairs,
O God, #ver. 9do not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might to another generation,
your power to all those to come.
19Your #Ps. 36:5 righteousness, O God,
reaches the high heavens.
You who have done #Ps. 126:2; 1 Sam. 12:24; Luke 1:49 great things,
O God, #Ps. 35:10who is like you?
20You who have #Ps. 60:3 made me see many troubles and calamities
will #Ps. 80:18; 85:6; 119:25; 138:7; 143:11; Hos. 6:2revive me again;
from the depths of the earth
you will bring me up again.
21You will increase my greatness
and comfort me again.
22I will also praise you with #Ps. 33:2 the harp
for your faithfulness, O my God;
I will sing praises to you with the lyre,
O #Ps. 78:41; 89:18; 2 Kgs. 19:22; Isa. 60:9Holy One of Israel.
23My lips will shout for joy,
when I sing praises to you;
my soul also, which you have #Ps. 34:22redeemed.
24And my #[ver. 8, 15]; See Ps. 35:28 tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long,
for they have been #[ver. 13]put to shame and disappointed
who sought to do me hurt.