Daily Devotional: Psalms 71:16-21
16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign LORD; I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone. 17 Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. 18 Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come. 19 Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, you who have done great things. Who, O God, is like you? 20 Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. 21 You will increase my honor and comfort me once again.
2 Tim 4:6-8
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day-and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
How do we know when we are getting old? A few weeks ago when the pandemic was just starting to rage in our country, we kept hearing warnings for the elderly to protect themselves and stay home. After several days of this, it dawned on me that I am in the numbers being called elderly. (I am not admitting it fits.) When my baby sister turned sixty years old, my mother told me she guessed she was officially “old” because all of her children were sixty and over. I had to agree.
Too often in our culture older people are forgotten. They are neglected, left alone and all too often they are even abused. Scams are designed to target seniors. This leads to loneliness, depression and feelings of worthlessness. This does not mean they are worthless but it makes them feel that way. But God sees each one.
When we have lived our lives to serve the Lord, we can reach the “golden” years with complete confidence that God is faithful and he will continue to be with us as he has been earlier. David and Paul (and so many others) saw the hand of God in their lives while younger and never doubted it when they were older. We need to use our experience to teach the next generation to trust God in all things.
O Lord, my Lord and my God I am so thankful for all the times you have shown your hand to me in my life. You have delivered me from those who would harm me, lifted me when I have fallen, provided when I was in need and kept me from giving in to temptations while forgiving me when I did succumb. Help me live every day of my life to be an example of faith and faithfulness. Use me to serve others in whatever way is possible. I pray that you will stop the Covid-19 virus but until then, keep all of your children safe. I pray in the name of Jesus my Lord.