They will remain vital and green

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, January 29, 2017

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Today’s scripture reading:

Honoring God is not limited to young people who seem to have unlimited strength and energy. Even in old age, devout believers can produce spiritual fruit. There are many faithful older people who continue to have a fresh outlook and can teach us from a lifetime of experience of serving God. Seek out an elderly friend or relative who can tell you about his or her experiences with the Lord and challenge you to new heights of spiritual growth. (NLT)

Psalm 92:5-15 – O Lord, what great miracles you do! And how deep are your thoughts. Only an ignorant person would not know this! Only a fool would not understand it. Although the wicked flourish like weeds, and evildoers blossom with success, there is only eternal destruction ahead of them. But you are exalted in the heavens. You, O Lord, continue forever. Your enemies, Lord, will surely perish; all evildoers will be scattered.

But you have made me as strong as a wild bull. How refreshed I am by your power! With my own eyes I have seen the downfall of my enemies; with my own ears I have heard the defeat of my wicked opponents. But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted into the Lord’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. They will declare, “The Lord is just! He is my rock! There is nothing but goodness in him!”

[The righteous] will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.” –Psalm 92:12, 14-15 (NIV)

Alvin E. Trucano (Nebraska) titled his story “FRESH AND GREEN;” here is a portion of Alvin’s story:

“Standing in Sequoia National Forest, among some of the oldest trees in the world, always makes me look up. . . .

“The last time I visited Sequoia, it occurred to me that even old things can reflect God’s glory. That includes those of us who feel we have lived long past our prime, especially those who need help with daily tasks.

“The sense of being old can bring a feeling of hopelessness. Why is God keeping me around? I ask myself.   Why doesn’t God take me home? And then I think of the trees. They are here to make us look up as they point heavenward. And God still works through those of us who are advanced in years. We may be old, but we are also a reminder that God cares and God loves us.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I am never too old to proclaim God’s goodness and love.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the gift of long life. Help us to live our lives as a way of giving thanks to you. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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