During my quiet time with the Lord this morning one of the passages that I read from was Psalm 71. I was reading it in the ESV (English Standard Version) and the words from this part of the Psalm really struck me for what I am currently dealing with in life and in my insecurities.
Psalm 71:17-21 (ESV) O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you? You have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again.
Sometimes I feel like I’m too “old” (although old isn’t really the right word, because I don’t feel old as in age, but maybe in generation? Or in lifestyle? Or in beliefs)…… and I find myself doubting whether in such a modern age as we live in now, where sin and debauchery are permeating our society, and even in the church in many circumstances, whether I can really make a difference armed with the Holy Spirit, and with HIS mighty “Sword”….HIS HOLY Word! While this passage doesn’t address those things specifically, it REALLY spoke to me in a strong manner this morning. I just am praising God that when I do stand firm, and even my brothers and sister in Christ whom I love so much are criticizing me for believing God’s Word AS IT IS WRITTEN and not adapting it to fit our “post-modern culture”, when I do stand firm, that God will use me and He honors that. THANK YOU Lord, and thank you for Your Word that never changes and never needs new interpretations in ANY culture or society!