Morning devotion: Read Psalm 71

Psalms 71:2  Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me. 3  Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress. 4  Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. 5  For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth. 6  By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee. 7  I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge. 8  Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day. 9  Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.

Psalms 71:15  My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.

Psalms 71:18  Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

Being labeled a “Prayer of the aged,” this Psalm brings to the heart and mind the realization that anyone in Christ Jesus can rely on God through life. When the years have drawn on and strength is beginning to dwindle, we often take time to reflect. Here David reflects on the Lord and his gracious involvement in his life. From the womb to the waning years he praises the Lord.

Nobody knows how long they have to live on this sod. Nobody knows the number of their days except God. No one knows what will take them from this life, it may be some type of cancer or some disease or an accident that takes us. It may be that life would be gracious and longevity prevails, who knows. The point is this, life on this earth does not last forever.   

Psalms 90:12  So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Ps 39:4  LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. 5  Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.

De 32:29  O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

The great news is that eternal life is available to every soul, every person can have “eternal life.” Not eternal death.

Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

My dear Christian friend, rejoice in the fact that the Lord Jesus has given you eternal life. Rejoice in the fact that he is with you both now and forever.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook