The 71st Psalm has been called a Senior Citizen Psalm as it appears to be written by David in his later years. It is a song that reflects his life journey with the Lord through the storms of life and the victorious mountaintops. Having seen my hair go with the wind and what hair remains grow white, I appreciate this song more than ever and it’s message of thanks, praise, and our purpose.
But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge. With the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD I will come; I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone. O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. – Psalm 71:14-17
There is no time, no place, no circumstance where it is inappropriate to have hope. Throughout our walk with Christ, we regularly find that God is bigger than we thought. In fact, as David says, the praise I have formerly given the Lord is insufficient considering what I have discovered in Him today. God’s acts of grace and salvation are impossible to number. In fact, if I recall everything the Lord has done for me personally, things both seen and unseen, I am overwhelmed by His wonderful deeds. Wherever we go, we must carry hope and proclaim the Lord’s sufficiency and power.
So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you? You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. – Psalm 71:18-20
The hope we have gathered, the testimony we have of God’s faithfulness is to be our mantra. It is our purpose to share the hope and power in the Lord with the generations that follow us. Those younger around us must see the victory we have daily as we lean on the everlasting arms of the Savior. Who is like our God? The generations that follow us should hear it, see it, and recognize its truth through our joy, thanksgiving and praise. In this negative, pessimistic culture that grows around us, let us ‘old timers’ sing a new song of God’s faithfulness and hope. Let us lead the generations behind us into a hopeful and fearless future.