“I’ve Been thinking,” by Wilma Sheffer
The old “September Song” says, “Though it’s a long, long time, from May to December, but the days grow short, when you reach September. When the autumn weather turns the leaves to gray, then you haven’t got time for the waiting game…” A haunting melody that was ever so sentimental, but not at all Biblical!
I am growing older, but do not feel old inside! And if by God’s grace, I awake tomorrow and tomorrow, I will be older still, but still living and thriving in God’s marvelous Grace! You are growing older, too, but so what? Chin up! Chest out! You belong to the Lord, and you are not finished yet! Here are words of great encouragement in Psalm 92. (Amplified translation)
Verse 12 “The uncompromisingly righteous shall flourish like the palm tree (be long-lived, stately, useful, and fruitful): they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon (majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible). 13 Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 (Growing in grace) they shall still bring fruit in old age: they shall be full of sap (of spiritual vitality) and (rich in the verdure of trust, love, and contentment). 15 (They are living memorials) to show that the Lord is upright and faithful to His promises; He is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” (Selah :Pause and think of that!)
Don’t you just love the analogy of our lives being like a palm tree! There it stands on the beach sands. Though just a huge root ball supports the tree, it sways against some of the most fierce hurricanes, moves with grace through steamy weather or the strongest sunlight! Truly amazing, the Biblical analogy says that frail palm will grow like the cedar of Lebanon, not in its own strength, but miraculously, because God has His hand extended. This Palm is incorruptible! No termite can infect it; old age cannot destroy its productivity. Can’t you just see the coconuts hanging up there among the palm branches? And these palms aren’t just there to shade the beach goers! They are for memorials to God’s faithfulness to His promises. We are those palm trees, the planting of the Lord, and we are evidence of God’s amazing Grace to the world today.
We have seen much in our lifetimes, but planted and established in the Lord our God, his abundant promises for continued fruitfulness, immovable faith and courage, and the Peace that passes understanding shines through us and spreads abroad as a living testimony to a hungry, thirsting world. “On Christ the solid Rock we stand! All other ground is sinking sand!”
Come to this spiritual beach with me, and let us have a time of rejoicing in our old age!