Summary: It was discovered that longevity and happiness in our old age requires a purposeful lifestyle with ongoing relationships, and sustained involvement.
Never Too Old by Steve Keeler
Scripture Psalm 71:9, 14-18
"Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not
forsake me when my strength fails. But as for me, I will
hope continually, and will praise You yet more and
more. My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and of
Your salvation all day long; for I do not know the sum
of them. I will come with the mighty deeds of the Lord
GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, Yours
alone. O God, You have taught me from my youth, and
I still declare Your wondrous deeds. And even when I
am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, until I
declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to
all who are to come."
A little boy once asked a woman in a wheel chair in a
nursing home he was visiting how old she was. She
smiled and answered, "39 and holding." He looked at
her and said, "Well how old would you be if you let go?"
People say age is just a state of mind and that you are
only as old or only as young as you feel inside.
For example, if you happen to be an eighty-year-old
woman who is happy with life and you think that you
are just a spring chick, then guess what, you are going
to act and feel like you are much younger than reality.
On the other hand however, if you happen to be a
seventy-year-old grump who has a negative outlook on
everything, then you won't have any joy in life and you
will act and feel very old.
We're not supposed to just kick back and wait for the
inevitable when we reach our autumn age, we finally
have time, all this wonderful time now. Just doing
nothing all day will only lead to a nice funeral.
It was discovered that longevity and happiness in our
old age requires a purposeful lifestyle with ongoing
relationships, and sustained involvement.
What I'm trying to get across to you is that you need to
realize that just accepting your age can lead to losing
the best years of your life. Don't let yourself become
inactive and resigned, you need to live.
God wants you to live out your life in a meaningful way.
And the single best, the most meaningful way to spend
these better years of your life is by serving the Lord.
Listen to this, just because you are retired from your
old job, even if that was a really hard job like being a
wife and mother, you never retire from your spiritual
job. You can stay on the front line of the battle, working
for the Master.
Being here, in this place may actually present you with
the time and opportunity to be of greater service than
I know that some of your might be saying, 'But I am too
old for that,' but service in God's army has no age limit.
Moses was eighty years old when God told him to go
get His children out of Egypt.
Abraham was seventy-five years old when he obeyed
God's command to leave his homeland and serve Him
in the land of Canaan.
We are never too old to serve the Lord, and we can
definitely never retire from serving Him. Let me tell you
when it comes to work of the kingdom, Not one of us
has earned the right to say "I've served our time".
As we saw in our scripture reading, God's Word
shatters the myth that once we have reached a certain
age that we have "served our time". It also encourages
those of us who believe we are too old to serve.
This Psalms shows that David never considered
himself as retired from serving the Lord and telling
people of God's goodness.
It's plain to see this was written for those in their senior
years when we look at verse 9 which says, "Do not
cast me off in the time of old age"
David was an old man when he spoke these words and
we read that his strength was failing him as well and he
pleaded that God not forsake him.
When David made this plea to God he didn't doubt that
God was with him. David was asking God to continue
showing His glory through him as he had always done
all his life. David still desired to be used by the Lord.
The Psalm says that David never ceased from telling
people about God's righteousness and His salvation.
Just like David, we should never stop telling people
about the salvation that they can find in Jesus Christ.
David was unwilling to give up his witness even when