Many place their hope in the stock market or the price of gold or the property they own. Some look to the security of a pension or promise of a retirement account. Others hide money fearing the collapse of the economy. A few store food in containers that they have been told will last for years should a famine occur. Yet in the final analysis all of us know – deep down inside of us – that there is no promise that cannot be broken or possession that cannot be taken from us.
Psalm 71 was written by an old person. It seems as though he is reflecting on a life that has had many ups and downs, problems and pitfalls. But it is a Psalm that proclaims the faithfulness of God – past, present and future. “From my birth I have relied on You...You brought me forth from my mother’s womb...I will always have hope and praise You more and more!”
If there is any comfort we can take from God’s Word it is this: The record of His deeds in the past gives us the assurance of His grace today and hope for tomorrow. In this Psalm the author gives us a powerful description of the fact that there is no shadow of doubt in his mind that God’s great acts in the past are sufficient evidence for us to believe that He will be with us today as well as tomorrow: “I declare Your power to the next generation, Your mighty acts to all who are to come!”
What more can we ask for? Whatever God has done for anyone at any time, He can do for us. He alone is faithful and worthy of worship. He alone endures forever.
Prayer: We rejoice together, Father, knowing that You have been with us and will be with us forever. Help us to trust and obey, not doubt. Thank You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: You have kept me safe from birth. It was You Who watched over me from the day I was born. My praise is always of You. Psalm 71:5