Psalm 71 is the prayer of a person who has suffered great adversity in his many years upon earth. Persecutions, sickness, calamities, and trials have added gray hairs to his head. Yet he has maintained his close relation to God since childhood. His appeal for help once more is based upon the blessings of past experience. His desire is to live long enough to teach the present generation something of what life has taught him.
God is the God of second chances. We would all be dead if that weren’t true. If you've made big mistakes or bad decisions and feel you may have lost your chance to do something great for God, know that this is not true. If you’ve been far away from the right path for too long and don’t think you can ever really get back on it again, that is also not true. The truth is that the moment you reconnect your life to the Lord and dedicate your life to His service, He will revive you again. You can come back from trouble.
King David, who got off the path God had for him and into as much sin and trouble as anyone could—with adultery, deception, and murder on his record. (Read 2 Samuel chapters 11 and 12!)
If God can do that for His chosen king, a man after His own heart who sinned terribly, He can do that for you. We too often see ourselves from our past. God sees us from our future. We see ourselves from our failure. God sees us from our purpose.
Isn’t it encouraging to know that no matter how far we have sunk down under the weight of our circumstances, we can rise again? We can come back from trouble. We can do whatever God has called us to do. We can have a second chance at greatness.