This is an old person’s psalm. Sorry, but it is. It is the psalm of someone – probably King David – who is at the end of his life. It is the psalm of someone who has seen many troubled days, who has walked through the fire. It is the psalm of someone whose hair is grey and whose body is weak. It is the psalm of someone who is almost begging to go home to heaven. It is the psalm of someone who is begging God, at the end of their days, “Don’t leave me now!” And yet, though this psalm comes from the heart of someone who is at the end of their life, this psalm is full of hope for people in any season of life. This psalm is full of hope for those who are just starting their journey of faith. This psalm is full of hope for those who are growing up. This psalm is full of hope for those who are adulting now, who are grown and who are trying to handle the curveballs that life throws. And this psalm is especially – yes, especially full of hope – for those of you whose hair is grey. So, if your hair is grey, this is one psalm that you might make part of your daily prayers. This is one psalm that might be good for you to know and to pray as you wait for Jesus to take you to heaven.
Telling the truth is tough business, especially with our closest friends. But that is exactly what they need from us and precisely what we need from them. Love teaches and helps us to speak carefully and with candor about even the toughest subject.
In faith as in life we need friends who are constant and who will stand by us through thick and thin. Jesus is that friend for us. God help us be and find that constant friend.