The Treasury of DavidLesson 9 - senior moments
(Psalm 71:1-24) As we grow older we are confronted with new fears. Things that did not bother us very much when we were young begin to trouble us.
This is what the psalmist called “being cast off.” (Psalm 71:9) We begin to feel like an old worn-out shoe that is no longer needed. As we age we begin to fear those around us will leave us for something new.
The psalmist says, “Do not forsake me when my strength fails.” We are concerned we will become an unbearable burden to those we love.
“Enemies speak against me, and those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together.” (Psalm 71:10) His enemies believed God had forsaken him and that he was an easy target for them to destroy. His enemies viewed his problems as evidence of divine disfavor.
What can we do as we grow older and are confronted with fears of aging?
Here Are Five Steps to Divine Deliverance.
1. Hope Continually
“I will hope continually.” (Psalm 71:14) Hope is the foundation for faith. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) Hope is based in the character of God. God is a good Father we can trust. We should make hope of our constant companion.
2. Praise More
“I will praise You yet more and more.” (Psalm 71:14) This is a deliberate decision of the psalmist to continually praise God. We should choose to focus on the faithfulness of rather than our fears of aging. Our goal should be to increase our level of praise.
3. His Righteousness
“My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness.” (Psalm 71:15) There are so many things which are not right with our world. We must not focus our attention on the evil or it will overwhelm our spirits. “Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
We must learn to bloom where we are planted. This world is far from perfect, but we can choose to make it a better place. “My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and Your salvation all the day, for I do not know their limits.” (Psalm 71:15) God’s salvation has no limits.
4. God’s Strength
“I will go in the strength of the Lord God.” (Psalm 71:16) As we age we are forced to deal with less and less energy. When we were young we were into time management, but as we age we get more into energy management. As we grow older we find ourselves needing more help. God’s strength has no limitations.
5. Tell Others
“I will make mention of Your righteousness.” (Psalm 71:16)
“I will declare your wondrous works.” (Psalm 71:17)
It is our responsibility to tell others what God has done for us. “Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not forsake me.” (Psalm 71:18) As we encourage others with the goodness of God it encourages us as well.
What should we tell others? Tell them of God’s strength, His power, and His righteousness. (Psalm 71:18-19)
“My tongue shall also talk of your righteousness all the day long.” (Psalm 71:24) We will never reach a point in life where we should stop speaking about the greatest of God. The psalmist who began so afraid ended by praising the faithfulness of God.
God’s Grace is Greater Than Our Need.
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About the Author: Dr. Dale Yerton
Dr. Yerton serves as an overseer of a network of churches across the world. What began as a network of six church groups representing 500 churches in Mexico has grown into an international ministry.
He and Evelyn, his wife over fifty years, live in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. They have two daughters: Lora–married to the Rev. Vince Farrell, pastors of Journey Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky–and Kari—also of Hopkinsville–and are the proud grandparents of Emma and Bennett Farrell.