By The Jesus Bible
DECLARING GOD’S GREATNESS AT EVERY AGE
There are many reasons people want to live long lives. Some want to enjoy the fruits of careers — savouring the rewards of retirement. Others want to witness the successes of children and grandchildren. This psalmist had a God-centred reason for wanting to continue to live, and thrive, in his old age. He desired more time to declare the greatness of God’s power — to tell the stories of God’s faithfulness to the younger people around him.
Jesus encouraged Peter that, though he had sinned, his life would testify to the greatness of God — and he would continue to be used by God in powerful ways (Jn 21:18 – 19). Even at the end of his life, Peter would faithfully serve Christ. His very death would glorify God. Christians do not reach an age of discharge from the mission — a threshold of years beyond which they can rest from kingdom labours. Believers have the privilege and responsibility to tell the succeeding generations about the goodness and greatness of God. Stories of God’s faithfulness inspire the young to trust God — to live boldly, refusing to waste any days of life.
Jesus, I want to testify to your greatness every day of my life. Give me the energy to labour for you, until the day you bring me home. Amen.
14 But I will always hope, and will add to all of your praise. 15 My mouth will tell about your righteousness, and of your salvation all day, though I don’t know its full measure. 16 I will come with the mighty acts of the Lord Yahweh. I will make mention of your righteousness, even of yours alone. 17 God, you have taught me from my youth. Until now, I have declared your wondrous works. 18 Yes, even when I am old and gray-haired, God, don’t forsake me, until I have declared your strength to the next generation, your might to everyone who is to come.
18 Most certainly I tell you, when you were young, you dressed yourself, and walked where you wanted to. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you, and carry you where you don’t want to go.” 19 Now he said this, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. When he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”
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