Do not be far from me, my God; come quickly, God, to help me. (Psalm 71:12)
This is the middle verse of this psalm and the heart of this psalm’s message. This verse speaks not only of God’s omnipresence and His omnipotence, but it also speaks of a lifelong, increasing awareness of His presence and power.
What a blessing to know that I have a sure Rock to which I can always go (v. 3), and a Savior whom I have had as my confidence since my youth (v. 5). This hopeful assurance causes me to praise God—the more I hope, the more I praise. As a result, my praise grows from an occasional response, to a daily practice, to a moment-by-moment lifestyle.
Listen to these words from the psalmist:
- I will ever praise You
- my mouth is filled with Your praise, declaring Your splendor all day long
- I will always have hope; I will praise You more and more
- my mouth will tell of Your righteousness, of Your salvation all day long
- I declare Your marvelous deeds
- my tongue will tell of Your righteous acts all day long
My hope fuels my praise. My praise strengthens my hope. The more I realize hope, the more I praise God, and the more I praise God, the more hope-filled I become!
My friend, there are more reasons to praise God than you can possibly count but go ahead and start counting them anyway. As the words of the old hymn remind us, “Count your blessings, name them one by one … and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”
May our tongues be continually telling of God’s blessings, and may our praise be continually filling us with renewed hopefulness of His future blessings!