Psalm 71: 17 O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.18 So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to all the generations to come.
The part that caught my attention this morning is “So even in old age and gray hairs…”. I’ve had some gray hair since I was in my late 20s, but the gray has really taken off since I turned 40. Looking at a recent group picture in which I was part of the group, I asked myself “Is that really me? Am I that gray?” Ever done that?
Our world would have us freaking out about looking older. In a culture obsessed with youth, aging is considered “bad” – something to be avoided. People spend untold billions of $ each year trying to reverse the aging process. But time wins eventually, doesn’t it?
Rather than a curse, the psalmist sees growing older as an opportunity – an opportunity to share with others what God has done for him over his many years. He has stories to tell of how God has remained faithful to him through good times and bad times. And the older he gets, the more grateful he becomes.
Though his exterior may be slowly falling apart, his interior is blossoming like a spring flower.
And that’s the key lesson for me this morning. I want to be like the psalmist. I want to embrace my age rather than run from it, since fighting time is a losing battle anyway. I am so much more than how I look. I want to blossom on the inside. How about you?
Lord Jesus, times marches on for everyone. Give us grace to not simply embrace the passing of time and its effects, but to embrace the opportunity to praise you for your marvelous deeds in our lives. We ask this in your precious name. Amen.