As for me, I will always have hope;Iwill praise You more and more.My mouth will tell of Your righteous deeds,of Your saving acts all day longthough I know not how to relate them all. I will come and proclaim Your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord;I will proclaim Your righteous deeds, Yours alone. Psalms 71:14-16
It’s I WILL Wednesday! Where we are changing our words, our thinking, and our lives by declaring the Word of God.
Today’s I WILL declaration is found in Psalms 71. This is a psalm of King David, written in his old age. As he began to consider his life, he remembered the goodness of the Lord. He remembered that the Lord had been a deliverer and a protector. He remembered that the Lord had been his rock and fortress. King David declared that even from birth, God kept him.
Now that David was older, his request was simple, “Lord, please don’t forsake me now! In my old age, Lord, don’t forsake me. Stay with me Lord and be quick to help me.”
David was well aware of God’s promise to always be with him. So he responded in a way that we are very familiar with—he responded in praise, declaring the goodness of the Lord. David said:
“I WILL always have hope”-As long as the Lord is with you, you can remain hopeful even in the worse circumstances.
“I WILL praise You more and more”-When you consider all that God has done down through the years, praise doesn’t stop, it intensifies.
“I WILL come and proclaim Your mighty acts”- You may not know how, and you may not know why, but you can testify that God has delivered you. He is a strong deliverer.
“I WILL proclaim Your righteous deeds”- With your words and with your life, show forth the righteousness of God. He alone is just, blameless, and right.
David declared that even in this state of his life, God is still a refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). No matter what, hope was still alive, so praise would abound much more.
You may be full of youth and far from old age, but this request and declaration is appropriate for whatever situation you find yourself in. “Lord, don’t forsake me now!”
Be assured, be fearless, be courageous, “for the Lord is with you—for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
In sickness, He is with you.
In danger, He is with you.
In a worldwide pandemic, He is with you.
In the midst of depression, He is with you.
In financial crisis, He is with you.
In every situation, hope is still alive, because God is still on the throne. He loves us relentlessly and will never leave us.
So we can join in on David’s declaration and say:
I WILL always have hope!
I WILL praise Him more and more!
I WILL testify of HIs mighty acts!
I WILL proclaim that our God is perfect in His righteousness!