“For the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart.” (1 Sam. 13:14 NLT)
David is named a man after God’s own heart. Can you even imagine? I want to be a woman after God’s own heart, which is why I love investigating the Psalms. Here, I can see how David thought, spoke, and moved forward.
Psalm 71 was written by David or Asaph, who transcribed David’s words. Within this Psalm, we see a clear strategy to victory that is common in many of David’s Psalms. . .
One: David knows it is not sinful to declare God’s power to save; it is biblical. He declares, proclaims and reminds himself of God’s might, power and provision to save often.
David writes, God “will restore my life again.” (Ps. 71:20)
God “will again bring me up from the depths of the earth.” (Ps. 71:20)
God “will increase my honor.” (Ps. 71:21)
God “will comfort me again.” (Ps. 71:21)
Proclaim truth, until you start to own it. Until you start to believe God can rescue — even you!
Two: While David waits for God to move, He also moves towards God.
“My mouth is filled with your praise.” (Ps. 71:8)
“(I am) declaring your splendor all day long.” (Ps. 71:8)
“I will tell everyone about your righteousness. All day long I will proclaim your saving power,” (Ps. 71:15)
“Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.” (Ps. 71:18)
We keep declaring, speaking, thinking upon, proclaiming, telling others about God — until the predicament, person, or problem changes course under His mighty hand. We don’t do it because we have to have some sort of outcome, but simply because we love Him and trust Him. Here, we see results. We get new eyes to see. We come to find, maybe it was less about Him changing ‘them’ and more about Him ‘changing us’.
Either way, we hope in His help and trust it is coming. We move our mouth in praise, for the good thing He is doing is at work in us and around us.
“But I will keep on hoping for your help;
I will praise you more and more.” (Ps. 71:14)
God’s help is coming; keep on praising.