Sermon on June 30 by Pastor Roland Eskinazi
Scripture: Psalm 71
‘You know you are ageing with you have all the answers and no-one asks the questions!’
So how should we deal with ageing?
1. SEE PURPOSE IN YOUR PAST! (v1-14)
Life is made of habits – good or bad. Learn from David…
- Keep on trusting, when it’s easy and when it’s not
Those who age well have developed a lifestyle of trust.
‘Her faith was indestructible. When I would go and tell ‘Teta’ (Granny) that any issue had now worked out for the best … she would look at me knowingly, chastise me for worrying about it, tell me that His timing is perfect and that I should join her in prayer and focus on above.’
(Marc, legal advisor and my eldest nephew)
- Keep on praising, whether dark or bright
The word praise occurs five times in this psalm (v 6, 8, 14, and 22a, 22b)
Are you praising God the older you become? God is not glorified by gloom.
2. BE PASSIONATE ABOUT THE FUTURE! (v15-18)
- If life is brief, use it well
‘Remember your Creator in the days of your youth before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say ‘I find no pleasure in them’ (Ecclesiastes 12:1)
‘Jesus loved her this I know, For she always told me so; My Teta to Him belongs, she is weak, but He is strong Jesus loved her she who died, Heaven’s gate to open wide; He will wash away her sin, let my Teta come right in .’
(My youngest nephew, Tariq age 7)
- If life is brief, your age is just right
Rest, or ‘retirement’ is not on David’s agenda. Are you developing a lifestyle of ministry right now?
3. EXPECT POWER FOR THE PRESENT! (v19-24)
All of life, the best and worst moments are under God’s direction – and preparation for the only thing that matters
The Lord who allows troubles in your life, is also the Lord of revival. And Jesus Himself is the clearest proof.
Remember! Jesus made it to 33, not 83 or 93. If you are in Him, and He in you then the safest age is exactly your age now. And the best place to be is exactly where He has put you. All of us are getting older – pray that the older you become the more useful you will be for the kingdom.
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