Psalms 71:9-11 The Value of Years

Psalms 71:9-11 (KJV)
Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,
Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.

Here is a man who, in the prime of youth, stood valiantly for God. He had enemies all his life, but in the vigor of youth, many of them stood back. As is the way of all mankind, youthfulness gave way to the years. With old age came weakness and in weakness his enemies were emboldened. 

I find it fascinating that his enemies were not atheists or even agnostics. They believed in God. What they saw in this man’s old age was not that there is no God, or even that his god was not God. They interpreted the weakness of old age to be a sign the God had forsaken him. 

I think I see that interpretation often in society today. Even in solid churches, a good number of believers view old age as weakness, the loss of God’s presence. I think the Bible teaches something quite opposite. The value of years is worth far more than the vigor of youth. 

O my God make haste to help the younger generation to see it. 

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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