Saturday, October 7, 2023

OLD AND GRAY HEADED (Psalm 71:18a)

Today’s Reading: Psalms 70-71

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).


The fortress of Masada stands high above the Jordan Valley floor. It was here that Herod built his highly protected palace to which he could escape if necessary. Later it was used by Jewish freedom fighters who, for a time, resisted a Roman siege. I suggest that everyone should try to view the movie, “Masada.” It was in this area where David hid from those who sought to destroy him. He may have had this scene in mind as he sang, “You are my rock and my fortress” (Psalm 71:3b).

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


Key Verse: Psalm 71:18

Now also when I am old and grayheaded,

O God, do not forsake me,

Until I declare Your strength to this generation,

Your power to everyone who is to come.


The words, “Let God be magnified” (70:4b) are what this blog is all about. Our meditations are a magnifying glass which enlarges our vision of God.

God is with us at every stage of life: in mother’s womb, at birth, in our youth, and in “old age when strength fails” (71:6-9). David even declares his confidence that he will be resurrected from the dead! “You…(God) shall revive me again and bring me up again from the depths of the earth!” (71:20b). Our key verse magnifies our vision so that we can see clearly that old age is simply a continuation of our service to God and of our relationship with Him. Would to God that none of us, when we reach old age, will fail to reach out to the next generations with the Good News of God’s provision for the human family. Who is more equipped than an older person with years of experience to relate to those who are younger the facts of God’s faithfulness and unfailing love? “No-o-o-body!” With the word “nobody,” some of us will think of a former mayor of Toronto, Mel Lastman, who puts his special spin on that word in an appliance commercial currently on television.


Lord God, I pray that my old age will be productive in blessing those who are carrying the heavy responsibilities of middle age and by inspiring children and young people with my stories of Your involvement in my life. In Jesus’ Name I ask this request, Amen!!!


I’m quite old now and that prayer and the key verse fits for me. It may not be a fit for all who read this blog, so I encourage everyone to offer a prayer to God that fits age, family responsibilities, and other considerations. Crossroads has published a book of my stories, but I find that many young people may not take the time to read it. Therefore, I take the time, whenever I know I’m not unwisely intruding, to tell my stories as briefly and effectively as possible (if I knew how to underline on this keyboard I would underline the word “briefly!”). I pray fervently that God’s Spirit will communicate through my words the message needed. Recently, I had the opportunity to share a couple of my stories with a teenaged girl. Her mother said that when she arrived home she proceeded to straighten up her life and even her bedroom. This mother begged me to keep on communicating with young people.

Yours to urge everyone to communicate God’s love and faithfulness!


8 thoughts on “Saturday, October 7, 2023

  1. I am so glad that He doesn’t discard us in our old age! This is such a needy generation. With the new technologies coming out all the time, it is harder to fathom truth from fiction at times. I like that hymn, “if we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word” – (so appropriate now). AND, “Only trust Him now”. Blessings all.

    • Amen,Doreen.Perfect choice for a song.We need His Holy Spirit to do the communicating in the words we use with others.Have a happy Thanksgiving weekend and may God bless
      PS to the bloggers:
      Please keep praying for Beverlee Kay for healing.I hope she has had her surgery and is recovering nicely.In Jesus’ mighty name ,I pray, Amen

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to the Mainse Family and all those make this devotion a reality each day.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all who follow on this blog and to those who support us in prayer. May our Lord bless you and give you His joy and peace.
    Praying for Beverlee and all of you.
    Please pray for peace in Israel and the Ukraine.

  3. Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!
    Laur, many thanks for the beautiful rendition of “Trust and Obey”
    it was very uplifting and the scenery was amazing.
    May our Lord God bless you all and provide all your needs.
    Also praying for Beverlee Kay’s wellbeing and trust she is well,
    in Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen.

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