A few thoughts on getting older prompted by Psalm 71…

I’m getting older… got to admit it! I don’t feel “old” and God has enabled me to maintain my health and vitality. (At 67 I still enjoy a good long run at an upbeat pace, and can run up a long flight of stairs without feeling winded or breathing heavy and for that I’m grateful.) But I am getting older!

One of the great delights of my life is the privilege God has given me to invest in so many young people over the years and speak into their lives! Today is another graduation at SAGU (I’ve seen a lot of ‘em come and go in 30 years) and l love each student I’ve had the privilege of helping “equip” as “servants of the Lord. I’ve got a little experience under my belt and perhaps God still wants me to use it to build and bless those he brings my way.

All these thoughts drifted through my mind as I read Psalm 71 during “coffee with the Lord” this morning. So I’m dedicating these words from it to all of us who are getting a bit “older” this morning and don’t want to just “stand (or sit) on the sidelines”!!

“For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth. Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you! … You are my strong refuge. My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day. Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent! … But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge. With the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD I will come; I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone! O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds! So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you?” (from Psalm 71:5–19 ESV)

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