The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
planted in the house of the Lord,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.
They 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 92:12-15 NASB
Aging. It’s a weird thing to be talking about. It’s hard to believe that I have lived for over fifty years. It is always a bit of a shock to look at my body and realize how much it has failed, because in my mind, I don’t feel older. Our spirits do not age.
In our society, aging is seen as a handicap. We look with pity on old people–how difficult it must be to become feeble! Have you ever considered how much value we place on the the outward appearance, and how quickly we judge by it? And more than just pity, the young often view older people with a certain degree of contempt. How often do you hear someone dismissively speaking of an elder as “out of touch?” We hear that older people are ‘declining’ physically and often mentally as well, and we might assume that it also applies to the spiritual.
But God’s Word doesn’t paint that picture. The righteous will flourish. They stay fresh and green, and as the Complete Jewish Bible puts it: still full of sap, still bearing fruit! They grow and THRIVE. They may have lost their strength and youthful beauty, but they are still growing. The fact that an older person may not be up to speed on the latest technology or can’t remember what they had for lunch does not mean that they have nothing to offer.
Advancing age does not take away our purpose and passion, either. God uses the aged. We all know the stories of Noah and Sarah and Moses and various other senior citizens in Scripture who God used for His wonderful purpose. But what about me? Is God satisfied with allowing ME to saunter off into my “sunset years?”
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
shining ever brighter until full daylight. Prov 4:18 CJB
Brighter and BRIGHTER. Old people are supposed to shine more and more brightly as they approach the horizon! There are no “sunset years” for the righteous! When we finally reach full daylight, we will see our Savior’s face. And there will be No More Night.
No Sunset! Just ever brighter…