Missiology Through Scripture – Psalm 71:24

“And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long, for they have been put to shame and disappointed who sought to do me hurt.” – Psalm 71:24

This is a rare psalm in that it has no title. This song of lament is concerned with old age and of the daily life of the psalmist. The author speaks of his trials, but concludes the psalm acknowledging the joyous desire he has to praise the Lord. Leading up to this final verse the author foretells his singing and playing instruments in praise of the Lord. The last pledge of the author is to tell others of God’s victory over those who wish harm upon him. He commits to share the grace of God all the day long.

This unceasing level of verbal praise to Yahweh is something God is certainly worthy of. However, how often do Christian disciples truly tell of their love for God. The psalmist talks of a continuous level of telling of the Lord, but how many of us even talk of the Lord’s glory at all? Stephen Lennox said, “With such a perfect and personal God who has shown His love by rescuing the psalmist, praise can only be continual. His confidence in the righteousness of God in spite of difficulties, his eager expectation of the fullness of God’s blessings in spite of the ‘reality’ which age can bring, and his reliance upon God’s Word provide a model for Christians of any age.” [1] We who commit our lives to the glory of the Lord must certainly praise him continuously to the world. Sharing God’s name with the lost is a practice we should participate in unceasingly.

Disciples of Christ are indeed called to praise our Father because he has put to shame death and the evil which plots to control us. The sting of death has eternally been suppressed through the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus. To this fact, his elect are to rejoice and speak of his greatness, not occasionally, but all the day long.

 

[1] Stephen J. Lennox, Psalms: A Bible Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition (Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Publishing House, 1999), 218.