I will come with the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, Yours alone.Psalm 71:16(NASB)
This aging Psalmist stands as a stalwart witness to the singular righteousness of the Lord God, for He is the great supplier of this elderly writer’s strength, just as He provides for all our needs according to His riches in glory. The psalmist can joyfully proclaim that the Lord is his stronghold and his stay because he has put his trust in God.
Despite the obvious trials and tribulations that are engulfing this old man in so many ways, he is able to testify that the Lord has not only been his continuing support from birth and childhood and throughout his youth, but also that He has remained faithful right on into his senior years. He boldly proclaims that nothing can shake his deep trust in his Lord his God and it rejoices his heart to make mention of the Lord's perfect righteousness and His never-failing faithfulness.
This man proclaims that God had been his daily support in times past, and he bears witness that into the twilight years of his journey through life, the Lord alone remains his ongoing strength and everlasting song. He admits that God is his refuge, that deliverance comes from Him alone, and proclaims this truth to friends and foes alike.
Tests and trials will come and go, but God delivers him from the power of wicked people and the grasp of ruthless men who practise evil. The duties of the day and responsibilities of life will continue to bear down upon this man, but God's servant has learned that those who wait on the Lord will have their strength renewed and their souls refreshed... for the Lord’s righteousness is immeasurable and His salvation lasts throughout all generations.
No matter what fears and foes are crouched at his door and irrespective of the arrows that fly by day or the pestilence that lurks in the dusk, the psalmist has placed his lifelong confidence in the righteous Lamb of God to deliver him. The Lamb Who was slain from the foundation of the world, is the only One who is worthy of all blessings and praise and honour and glory and so we read: "I will come with the mighty deeds of the Lord God and make mention of Your righteousness, which is Yours alone."
This man has become a worthy witness of God's goodness to many of his friends and neighbours, as he joyfully proclaims, "I will come in the power of your mighty acts, and remember that You alone are righteousness." This seasoned saint was not ashamed to make mention of the gospel of God, which is the power of salvation to all who believe, and so he was ready to 'gossip' the gospel. From His youth, he proclaimed God's mighty power and continued to praise the Lord on a daily basis, as he journeyed into old age.
Wonderful though it is to see the Lord at work in the life of a child or young adult, there is something very special about the elderly saint who has walked with the Lord for many decades, who continues to proclaim the wonderful works of God and to rejoice in the righteousness that comes from His alone.
The prayers and praises of the aged believer who has walked with the Lord throughout his days and trusts in the Lord with childlike faith, is a source of encouragement and hope for all who are blessed to be in their company and for generations to come.
While we rejoice in our great salvation, may we go forward in the strength of the Lord our God, and make mention of His goodness, His grace, and His eternal righteousness. May we continue to grow in grace. May we press on to the high call of God in Christ Jesus. May we be ready to declare the awesome deeds of the Lord to the next generation with hymns of praise, words of wisdom, and a humble heart that reflects the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the sweet fellowship that come from the Holy Spirit.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You have been my strength in times past, and You have continued to support and strengthen me through every scene of my life. May Your name be glorified forever and ever. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.
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