“Even To Our Old Age…”

The enemy wants you to believe that you’re rejected and useless. But God speaks a better word over your life:  “Even to your old age I am he, even when you turn gray I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.” Let’s believe this together.

Scripture Readings: Psalm 92:1-5, 12-15; Isaiah 46:3-4; Proverbs 16:1-3, 16-25, 31-33

First Reading: Psalm 92:1-5, 12-15—Thanksgiving for Vindication, A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath Day.

1 It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; 2 to declare your steadfast love in the morning,   and your faithfulness by night, 3 to the music of the lute and the harp,  to the melody of the lyre. 4 For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;  at the works of your hands I sing for joy. 5 How great are your works, O Lord!   

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 In old age they still produce fruit; they are always green and full of sap, 15 showing that the Lord is upright;  he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Second Reading: Isaiah 46:3-4

3 Listen to me, O house of Jacob,  all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from your birth,  carried from the womb; 4 even to your old age I am he, even when you turn gray I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.

Third Reading: Proverbs 16:1-3, 16-25, 31-33

1 The plans of the mind belong to mortals, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All one’s ways may be pure in one’s own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

16 How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. 17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; those who guard their way preserve their lives. 18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. 19 It is better to be of a lowly spirit among the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud. 20 Those who are attentive to a matter will prosper, and happy are those who trust in the Lord. 21 The wise of heart is called perceptive, and pleasant speech increases persuasiveness. 22 Wisdom is a fountain of life to one who has it, but folly is the punishment of fools. 23 The mind of the wise makes their speech judicious, and adds persuasiveness to their lips. 24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. 25 Sometimes there is a way that seems to be right, but in the end it is the way to death.

31 Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life. 32 One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and one whose temper is controlled than one who captures a city. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is the Lord’s alone.