I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.” vs. 33Psalm 104:31-34
The psalmist didn’t know how many more years he would have to enjoy God’s marvelous creation. None of us do! In our early years we assume that there’s a lot more time allotted to us–some even appear to believe that they will live forever. There’s not a hint in their talk or demeanor that there’s any ending in sight. Most are smarter than that. We know that aging will be a part of our future, and some even plan for spectacular adventures in those golden years. Now the psalmist likely wasn’t planning for any cruises, but he did have a plan that any of us could emulate. He had determined that as long as he had being he would be singing praises to the Lord for the wonder of having gotten to enjoy life in this universe. All of us know people who have made this same choice. We see them as they age, and even though their bodies begin to wear out, they never lose their sense of joy at being alive. Their “joie de vivre” is contagious and they inspire all they encounter. They know the world won’t last forever, but they’ve discovered peace and contentment. Would that this is how it could be for us all! The world already has enough grumpy old folks!
Thought for the Day: What can rob people of their “joie de vivre”?