One day it will be our turn and in our last hour will we find the home He has made. Some of us will have the blessing of knowing that the end is coming soon and with this final prayer etched on our hearts even the last moment of life will bring no terror. We are asked only to do what we can and a loving Father assures us that it will be enough.
71. Prayer of an Old Man
In You, O Lord, I have put my trust, may my days of confusion be done.
Your truth is the door of my escape, hear me and I shall make it through.
Be my safe haven and I will come to You often,
Your will is salvation and the rock that I stand on.
Guide me out of the wickedness of this earth, keep me from becoming cruel and unjust.
You are my only hope, O Lord God, and I have trusted You since I was young.
By your will I was brought out of my mother and into this world,
My praise will always be for You.
Many have begun to wonder about me, but You are still my refuge.
May I be filled with your praise and your honor all day long.
And now, donít forget me in my old age, donít leave me when my strength fails.
My enemies would try to overcome me and they are waiting to take my soul.
They say I will forsake God, and then who will be left to defend me?
O Lord, be not far from me; my God, be ready to bring help soon.
Let them be confused and defeated who would destroy my soul,
May they be covered with shame and dishonor for seeking my hurt.
I will continually hope and I will praise You more and more,
My mouth shall speak your righteousness and salvation each and every day,
For I donít know when the last one shall be.
I will go out in the strength of the Lord my God,
I will speak of your righteousness and none other.
You have taught me from my youth and I have always spoken of your wondrous works.
Now, when I am old and gray-headed, do not forsake me.
I need to show your strength to this generation,
That your power may be known to all those yet to come.
So great is your glory, such great things You have done, O Lord, who compares?
And now, after a life full of great and terrible trials, You shall quicken me again,
You shall bring me up out of the depths of this earth.
You shall increase the greatness of my spirit and put me at ease.
I will sing your praises with the harp, O Lord, and speak your truth with music.
My lips will rejoice when I sing to You and my soul will be redeemed.
My tongue will speak righteousness all the long day,
For they are made powerless who would cause my hurt.
We have come from the humility of lesson 69 to the urgent prayer of a man struggling. That is what a humble man does, he prays and gives praise for his life, yet he is willing to give it to his God. Today is a lesson more often faced by most of us after a long lifetime of work and hope.
Where do you see yourself at the time of retirement? Still working, being active at things you like and want to do? No one wants to end their days broken and defeated by their enemies. We have been given all we need to persevere and overcome, to accomplish all tasks, and our faith has given us hope. We are thankful even if we begin to see the end. It is salvation that becomes the rock we can stand on. The strength of our youth was an easy shield and defense but our enemies are always trying to overcome us. There is still a chance that we could be lost so we must continue our vigilance. We will be comforted by the joy of a lifetime of giving praise, it is a long habit and we are assured our Lord is not far away.
As our strength fails we learn to depend more on His. We need to show courage to the younger generation, they need to see what the Lord can do that they may be uplifted and show Godís power to all who follow after. He will quicken us again and we will be at ease, singing praises and speaking truth. There is no need to be afraid, indeed, there never was and now we are the living proof of that. Being unafraid and facing our enemies with praise and good cheer is the surest sign of victory.