“My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure. I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.” Psalm 71:15-16
We have all seen movies where it looks like there’s no hope for a person to survive when out of nowhere help comes and she is rescued. The person than praises those who saved her.
The writer of Psalm 71 says he is getting old and his enemies are trying to convince him that God has left him. He calls out to God for help. Because he grew up trusting God he knows he can also trust Him in his old age.
The enemies are acting out under false security. “They say, ‘God has forsaken him; pursue him and seize him, for no one will rescue him’.” (verse 11) Little do they know. The psalmist knows God is righteous and faithful. He has no doubt God will hear his cries and come to his rescue. No matter what his enemies are saying he continues to sing praises to God for His righteousness. He won’t let his enemies break him down.
Satan is our enemy. He tries to convince us that God doesn’t really care for us and won’t help us. But we have the BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. It is our constant reminder of God’s faithfulness. Whatever the devil throws at us we can continually sing praises to God. We can pass on to the next generation our love and trust in the Lord.
The last thing the prince of darkness wants is for more and more people to learn about God’s saving grace. Satan wants us to believe we are lost, too sinful for God to care. We need to block out this evil voice with our own shouts of proclaiming God’s love.
As the rescued person in the movie can’t thank her rescuers enough, so should we declare the Lord’s righteousness non-stop. Wearing the BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS and staying focused on God will stop the evil one in his tracks. God will put our enemy “to shame and confusion”. (verse 24)
APPLICATION: Make it a point this week to proclaim God’s righteousness to someone else.