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Even When I Am Old and Gray, O God, Do Not Forsake Me

November 1, 2014

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Even When I Am Old  and Gray,  O God,  Do Not Forsake Me

It is birthday party time.     All the residents  in this small nursing home are  in their mid-nineties  and reminisce  about how God  has cared  for them  through their years  of troubles  and joys.     They readily admit  they cannot remember  the names  of all their great-grandchildren.     Some know they have great-grandchildren,  but they don’t know how many.

Children  and people  of all ages  are milling about the party  as they stop by  to give Grandma  or Great Grandma  a kiss  and a “Happy Birthday” hug.     The birthday Grandma sighed,  “I think that’s one  of my great-grandchildren,  but I’m not sure.”     Then we can laugh.     In spite  of a long life filled  with fears  and tears,  sadnesses  and joys,  successes  and failures,  God has always been nearby  to strengthen  and comfort them  in their needs.

Satisfied  in God’s love,  they can agree  with the aged writer  of Psalm 71,  as he wrote  in verses 17-19,

O God,  You have taught me  from my youth;
And I still declare  Your wondrous deeds,
And even when I am old  and gray,  O God,  do not forsake me,
Until I declare  Your strength  to this generation,
Your power  to all  who are  to come.
For Your righteousness,  O God,  reaches to the heavens,
You who has done great things;
O God,  who is like You?

Then I saw one  of the Great Grandma’s reasons  for satisfaction.     As I scanned  the room  for a place  to sit  and eat birthday cake  and ice cream,  a twelve-year-old  great-grandson jumped up  from his seat  and said,  “Here please!     Have this seat!”     I thanked him,  but said he also needed  a place  to eat his lunch.     But then,  he insisted,  saying,  “I and the other kids  will go outside  and sit  on the porch.”

Where did such consideration  come from?     This young boy  was reflecting  the same love  and respect  that all  of his elders  were showing  in their love  for the birthday Grandma.     Grandma  was living well  with the purpose  of declaring  God’s wondrous deeds…….

Until I declare Your strength  to this generation,
Your power  to all  who are  to come.

What are we declaring  to all  around us?     Do our actions reflect  our heavenly Father’s love  in Christ Jesus,  our Savior?     Are we declaring God’s wondrous deeds?

A reality check  should show us the right way.

Then,  in the peace  of God’s loving care,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You are faithful  in all Your works.     Lead us  to be Your faithful witnesses,  that the generation  to come  may know  how wondrous  Your love  and salvation  in Jesus Christ are.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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