March 19 – Devotion

Date: March 19, 2017

Scripture: Psalm 71

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. (Ps. 71:17-18)

2016 – not my best year. On December 15, 2015, my sweet mother breathed her last breath, and 39 days later so did Jane, my big sister and only sibling. The losses were overwhelming to me. These two women had loved me, encouraged me, and supported me longer than anyone else on the planet. Learning to keep walking without them was, and still is, extremely hard.

And if that wasn’t enough, in May of 2016 I turned 60 (ugh!). No other birthday ending in a zero has affected me like this one. I was thrilled to turn 10 and 20. Weren’t you? The next three big birthdays—30, 40, and 50—somehow just got lost in a busy schedule of teaching school, raising kids, serving at church, and just living life. But turning 60 has been tough for me. The questions that play over and over again in my mind are, “So, what’s next? What’s left?”

Psalm 71 addresses my loss and my questions. I am reminded that God has been and will continue to be faithful to me for my whole life, to the very last day of it. He will never stop being my rock, my fortress, my hope, my confidence, and my refuge. He will not cast me away because I’m “too old,” nor will he forsake me as the strength of youth fades.

My husband Ronald and I teach a young married Sunday School class filled with some precious young couples. One Sunday he started the lesson by asking us to count some things.

In how many different towns have you lived? Me: 6
How many different schools have you attended? Me: 8
How many different jobs have you had? Me: at least 12
With how many different people have you been friends, only to lose contact? Me: a lot
And finally, how many different Gods have you loved and served? Me: 1

Ronald’s point was that life constantly changes, but God does not. Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8). He is my Alpha and my Omega (Rev. 1:8). He was there when I took my first breath, and He will still be with me when I breathe my last. He is the one and only faithful and constant thing in my life. And although He allows me to see troubles, many and bitter, He is faithful to bring me through those troubles (Ps. 71:20) and to once again lift my head (Ps. 3:3).

Reading this psalm brought Philippians 1:6 to my mind: “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” For the first time, I saw that verse from a different perspective. Instead of seeing it as a faithful promise to a young believer, I saw it as a faithful promise to me, a 60-year-old believing woman. When I was eight years old, God began a good work in my life, and His good work in me will continue until He calls me home.

So, what is my response to such a faithful God? The psalmist lists two: praise and proclamation. Repeatedly in the psalm he says that he will praise God and declare his mighty acts and marvelous deeds to the next generation of believers.

We all have a story of God’s faithfulness and redemption. Let’s praise Him each and every day for that story and then tell it to someone He has intentionally placed in our path. Who knows? It could make an eternal difference for someone.

Prayer for the Journey: Lord, I praise you today for your faithful presence in every stage of my life so far and for your promise to be there all the rest of my days. Give me opportunities and courage to share my story of your faithfulness with other people that you place in my life.

Prepared by: Ann Kyzar

7 Responses to “March 19 – Devotion”

  1. Christine Philley says:

    Just what I needed to start my day! Thanks Ann

    • Terri Traylor says:

      Thank you for reminding me of God’s faithfulness throughout every phase of our lives! It’s what I needed to hear today!

  2. Jennie Coleman says:

    Thank you for the words that God gave you to share. I understand the loss of family and how hard it is each day to continue this journey God had given us. As I have reached the 60s- so many of these same thoughts have been in my mind. Yes, I too praise God for always walking beside us until this journey on earth ends! Praying for you in your walk .

  3. Debbie Turman says:

    Thank you for this excellent reminder! Just what I needed to hear today. Love these promises from God for all phases of our lives!

  4. Debbie Keen says:

    Superb Word and devotion for all ages and circumstances! Thank you, Ann!

  5. Bob Mohr says:

    Perfect reminder for all ages. As I age I often wonder what’s next or what worth remains. Thank you. Blessings Ann

  6. Amy Henry says:

    Ann, this was so wonderful. I was playing catch-up because I haven’t gotten text reminders since Friday, and I’m so glad I didn’t miss this devotional. Thank you!

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