The sequel to Revived by His Word

January 10, 2017
Psalms 71

Psalms 71 Blog post

The psalmist recalls having been loyal to God from childhood but fears that God may not have any more need of him.  Old people have given a lifetime of useful service to the community, to the church, and some have fought battles for the country, but when they retire, their authority disappears, and nobody seems to care for them.

This is the way of nature—plants, trees and animals grow old and weak and have to give way to the young and strong.  The psalmist fears that his enemies would finish him off in his old age when he became feeble.

Fortunately, for elderly Christians, death is not the only thing in the future.  Though battered by many troubles, the Christian can look forward to another time of eternal youth.  The psalmist says, “From the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.  You will increase my honour and comfort me once again” (vv 20, 21).  Thus with the grey-haired psalmist, all the other aged who believe in God can still sing praises and shout for joy because God never casts them aside.

Gordon Christo

This week's Spirit of Prophecy reading

Prophets and Kings chapter(s) 2


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Chapter 2—The Temple and Its Dedication The long-cherished plan of David to erect a temple to the Lord, Solomon wisely carried out. For seven years Jerusalem was filled with busy workers engaged in leveling the chosen site, in building vast retaining walls, in laying broad foundations,—“great stones, costly stones, and hewed stones,”—in shaping the heavy timbers brought from the Lebanon forests,…
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