June 8 – Never Too Old…
Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 13:1-39 / Acts 4:23-5:11 / Psalm 71:9-18
David bears his soul in the Book of Psalms. We see his apprehension, desperation, frustration and supplication. No matter how overwhelming life is for David, he always concludes that his hope and trust is in the faithfulness and security of God. We find deep comfort in David’s words as we easily relate to his personal life experiences.
David is concerned about the weakness of aging and pleads, “Do not cast me away, when I am old, do not forsake me when my strength is gone.” (Psalm 71:9) With age comes a noticeable deterioration of strength, memory, and mobility. Because of this, the elderly often feel they lose purpose and significance in life. David knows this and asks God not to forsake him when life’s strength abandons him.
The presence and nearness of God is a source of great comfort anytime in life yet it is especially dear as we age. God speaks peace to us in the trials of life and gives us songs in the night. His Word brings great hope as we meditate upon it. God prepares our hearts and spirits for an eternity with Him!
Old age isn’t a sign that life is meaningless…it is simply a transition to a new phase of experience and wisdom. Let’s never forget the value and blessing the elderly bring in our lives. They have much to deposit in a younger generation that struggles with direction and discernment.
David understood this and declares, “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.” (v.18). It takes God a lifetime to deposit His likeness in our lives. Remember, you have something to give…you are never too old to be used by God!