In You, O Lord, I put my trust; let me never be put to shame. Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape; incline Your ear to me, and save me. Be my strong refuge, to which I may resort continually; You have given the commandment to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress. Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth. By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You. I have become as a wonder to many, but You are my strong refuge. Let my mouth be filled with Your praise and with Your glory all the day.
Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength fails. For my enemies speak against me; and those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together, saying, “God has forsaken him; pursue and take him, for there is none to deliver him.”
O God, do not be far from me; O my God, make haste to help me! Let them be confounded and consumed who are adversaries of my life; let them be covered with reproach and dishonor who seek my hurt.
But I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more. My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and Your salvation all the day, for I do not know their limits. I will go in the strength of the Lord God; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only. O God, You have taught me from my youth; and to this day I declare Your wondrous works.
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. Also Your righteousness, O God, is very high, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You? You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, shall revive me again, and bring me up again from the depths of the earth. You shall increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.
Also with the lute I will praise You — and Your faithfulness, O my God! To You I will sing with the harp, O Holy One of Israel. My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing to You, and my soul, which You have redeemed. My tongue also shall talk of Your righteousness all the day long; for they are confounded, for they are brought to shame who seek my hurt.
The Praise Of The Aged
The beginning of everything must start with where trust is placed. All of the tragedies of man have come from his own wisdom trusting his will rather than the will of God. Nothing will be worthwhile that does not begin with the Lord. Righteousness comes from the Lord and establishes the only truth that will save man. The commandments of God are given to given to offer refuge in the fortress of divine power. There are many who are wicked, unrighteous and cruel who seek to destroy but deliverance comes from the hand of the Lord for those who trust in Him completely. Young people must learn early that life is predicated upon the word of God which will give them guidance throughout all their lives. Parents who teach their children to love the Lord God with all their hearts, souls and minds will instill in the lives of their children a love for praising Him. Showing the grace of God in their lives, young people will astonish the wicked world by their actions of wisdom and maturity as they trust in the Lord for their answers. So much of the world follows after the wiles of unrighteous conduct. Families are filled with the worldly pleasures and desires of carnal flesh. Those who learn to trust in the Lord will find happiness in the power of God and find their lives fulfilling in godliness, holiness and righteousness.
Knowing the power of God will bless young people to praise Him and will guard their hearts unto old age. Establishing a firm belief in the Lord early will help establish a constant faith in the time of old age. There are many challenges living at an older age and the constant need of faith and trust remains. The word of God is not only powerful to guide the young but it is also powerful to secure the old. God will never forsake the old when their strength fails and they are being accused by others. Deliverance will always come from the grace of the Lord who loves those who spend their golden years praising Him. He will hasten to their side to bring deliverance. While their strength fails in the physical realm the joys of their spiritual vigor will renew with the presence of the Lord. Praise will be constant and true. There will be an unlimited expression of joy on the lips of the aged who know the power of God throughout their lives.
One of the most important things the aged will do is to impart their wisdom to those younger. A lifetime of godly wisdom must be shared by those who have experienced the victory of righteousness to those who have begun their journey. The prayer of the aged must be to seek God’s blessing to live a long and full life to declare the name of God to each generation. All of the experiences of life: good memories, tragedies of life, decisions of faith, trials of persecution, and times of victories and moments of defeat – all must be shared with the generation that has begun their journey of life. The greatest sermon a person can share is the life story of trusting in the Lord from the depths of the earth to the ivory palaces of divine glory. God is faithful and who better to tell the story than those who have trusted in His power and glory. The voice of the aged may have grown weak in tenor but the spirit of those who love the Lord will shout forth in loud anthems of praise and greatly rejoice when they sing of God and His love. Praise God young people. Praise God old people. Let all men praise God.