In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth. From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you. Psalm 71:1, 5-6
Read and/or listen to Psalm 71 again today. David shows us how to age well. First, remember how God has been faithful in the past. I have the privilege of having had a mom and dad who were Christ followers. I started going to church 9 months before I was born! I, like David, have the advantage of knowing the Lord since my youth. I have early memories of being with other believers in times of worship and adoration of God. At a very young age, I trusted in Christ alone for my eternal security. I have a lifetime to reflect upon to recall the faithfulness of God—in the times that I have followed him closely and even in those times when I was wandering. Each of us who have been redeemed has a true miracle that has taken place in our lives—we have been born again. We have a new life. The life of Christ is within us. He is our hope. As we age, we remember the past presence of God and his past faithfulness in our lives. He will not abandon us as we age—he is with us every step of the journey. He can be trusted, which is why we follow. Have you learned to rely on God in the past? Do you trust him with each step of your path as you walk along, because, as you reflect back on your life, you can see how following his path has led you into his presence?