June 13, 2018
Psalm 92:12-15…“In old age they still produce fruit; they are always green and full of sap, showing that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.” vss. 14-15
The psalmist has noticed that the righteous will often seem to live forever. He compares them to a cedar or palm tree planted in the courts of God. They live on and on as faithful servants and continue to bear fruit even in old age. This does not seem extraordinary to the psalmist…it’s because God is our rock and the Lord makes sure the faithful are strengthened and renewed. Of course, we can always find exceptions to his observation. It is often said among us that, the good die young and we all have had friends and family taken from us far too early. But it’s also true that there are a remarkable number of saints who seem to live particularly long lives. We see them in our congregations, always present for worship and always showing interest and enthusiasm for ministry. They’re not content to simply fade away and their greying heads are a welcome sight in our communities. We’re glad that they haven’t wandered off to retirement homes or reconciled themselves to gradual decline. We suspect that they’re still full of sap and young ideas and they tell all who will listen that they’re just not done living yet. What a blessing they are for us all!
Thought for the Day: Who’s my favorite aging saint?