Continually and Increasingly--Come, Hope, Praise!

Psalm 71 appears to be David's "old age prayer" (see verses 9 and 18). It was MY Psalm this morning--I generally read one a day. I am impressed with the word "continually" that appears in my version in verse 3 (God is a rock of refuge to which I may continually come) , verse 6 (My praise is continually of you), and verse 14 (I will hope continually).

"I will hope continually and I will praise you yet more and more," he wrote.
"Continually and increasingly," I noted in my journal..."come, hope, praise!"

The Psalm ends with David detailing his Praise Plan: harp, lyre, lips and tongue. My piano probably feels a little neglected this summer, but my plan is to incorporate it in the singing of my praise this morning.
"My lip will shout for joy when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed. And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long" (vs. 23-24).
One of several miniature pianos in my collection....


  1. Would love to hear you play the piano! It is the only musical instrument that I ever had a real desire to play.

    It IS wonderful to read the word continual in the Bible as it reassures one that God does not give up on us in our foolishness and failings.

    We do need so many reminders in this difficult world, so thank you for sharing this, Rebecca.

    blessing and hugs,


  2. Nice post, Rebecca.
    And I love the idea of God and continuity in our lives. He's the only constant we can count on!

    Very nice that you can play, I am muscially challenged (among other challenges) so I appreciate that talent so much in others!

  3. Rebecca, I love knowing that you can play the piano and sing, unfortunately I don't have these gifts but so appreciaate them in others. I can read though and Psalms are my favorite so I quite enjoyed your post today. Have a wonderful day my friend....:-) Hugs

  4. Hi Rebecca,
    Great post, so enjoyed your thoughts, on psalm 71. I envy those who play the piano. When I sing I have to sing with no music. lol
    I also enjoyed your last post as well.

  5. I don't know if I knew that you play piano. I play a little (just for myself). Although once when we attended a very small church, there was no pianist, so I muddled through--they basically sang what I felt I could play.

    I love this Psalm as well. Blessings. Donna

  6. I am not blessed with knowing that many Rebeccas, so yes it IS you and I WILL hold my breath till you feel terribly sorry for me!

    blessings and hugs,


  7. I would love to be able to play the piano,, but alas i can only sing praise to the Lord with the voice he gave me. I feel it is only He that enjoys it. Everyone has been having such great posts here lately. I am so glad the lord connected me with so many Christian sisters in Christ.

  8. Hi Rebecca,
    It is a good reminder to read the word continual in scripture as it can be such a difficult word for us mere mortals to follow. Our Lord is a constant to us and we seem to be forever struggling to be consistant to him!
    And by the way I love your miniature piano.Maybe you can post more of them for Friday favorites!

  9. What is most important to God for me today? Not do and go and counsel and give and serve but "continually and increasingly--come, hope, praise!" Thanks! This is a great and timely reminder for me.

    Hmmm. . . Donna, how did you miss that Rebecca plays the piano. Are we that much younger than you? :-)

  10. Brenda, Remember I only came to Archbold when I was a junior in high school. I'm pretty sure Donna was already in college and wouldn't have been very interested in my piano playing at the time :)

  11. Marcy, I just can't bring myself to list seven reasons I am awesome. You really MUST not hold your breath! You're turning BLUE!

  12. I love the way the Word of God is so real. It describes for us man's weaknesses, insecurities and sins. For example, here is David, a man after God's own heart, asking not to be forsaken. Yet it gives us hope in Jesus Christ. Love Psalm 71.

    What a lovely piano... thank you for sharing.


  13. Rebecca if you can't list seven reasons yourself...maybe let your husband...:)one would be that you entertained them with your piano playing and singing maybe!

  14. Oh, Rebecca, I'll bet we could list seven awesome things about you! I can think of a few off the top of my head:
    It's awesome that you can play the piano!
    It's awesome that you maintain multiple blogs (I believe it's FOUR??)!
    It's awesome how you devote yourself to your family, your neighbors, and your home!
    It's awesome how you let the Lord be the Guiding Force in your life!
    It's awesome how you share your Faith with all of us!
    It's awesome that you recycle and repurpose and even transform trash to treasure!
    And finally, your hair is awesome!
    See how easy that was?!

    I'm very confused here anyway, I have to get back to Marcy, I thought for some reason our kids were supposed to rate our awesomeness! (Is that a word?!)

    Okay, I'm going to try to get some sleep now.
    See you in the morning.

  15. Marcy & Wanda, You are very sweet and took that line to heart (be encouraged and an encourager today) didn't you? I wasn't fishing for compliments, but I "caught" them anyway. Thank you for your kindnesses.


Writing a Song a Week #3

Writing a Song a Week #3
♪ I wait for the Lord; my soul waits and in his word I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning ♪ (Psalm 130:5-6)