Psalm 92 and Old Age
Psalm 92: 12-15
12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, 15 to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
Do you appreciate being told you are full of sap? I hope so! That’s a description the psalmist gives to the righteous. We are “righteous” by grace through faith in Jesus Christ who covers us with His righteousness (see Philippians 3:9). The psalmist reminds us that this means, even in old age, we are full of life and bear fruit for the LORD.
I’m guessing that, like me, you don’t always feel like you are full of life and bearing fruit for the LORD. You are tired. You can’t do all the things you used to do. You are thinking it’s time for someone else to step up and bear fruit for the LORD; perhaps some-one younger and more energetic. Psalm 92 encourages us to look back and see all that the LORD has done … and contin-ues to do. Just as our salvation and righteousness come from the LORD, so does our en-ergy and our usefulness and our purpose.
We have been “planted in the house of the LORD” through our baptism. The LORD continues to feed and nourish us through Word and Sacrament so that, even in old age, we flourish and bear fruit.
God isn’t done with us yet. In fact, God has big plans for us. Our age and increasing frailty isn’t a handicap; it’s a blessing and an opportunity. God loves working through the weak, the incompetent, and the frail! That’s where His grace and His power shine through the best. We are blessed in a unique situation here at Christ Our Savior Luther-an Church to be a blessing to so many as we worship, learn and serve together.
God has planted us by streams of water (see Psalm 1) here in beautiful East Tennessee for a reason. What new ministry is God leading you to spearhead? What current ministry is God leading you to bring new “sap” and energy to? Who has God placed in your life that needs to hear that the LORD is upright, He is your Rock?
We’re not old … we’re just chronologically challenged, characteristically Christ-like, consistently confident, currently capable, constantly caring, cordially comforting, con-sciously cheerful, completely committed, classically calibrated, charmingly candescent, conveniently catechized, closely connected, calmly calculating, characteristically compas-sionate, carefully constructive, collectively contributory, chronically caffeinated, comedi-cally child-like, and occasionally cognizant.
Pastor Brian Truog