July 26, 2011

Old and Young

Psalm 27

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life …
Psalm 27:4


Early one morning my task was to lead devotions for the students at a local Christian school. It was fun to see the place buzzing with lots of ordered activity, and it was great to talk with the students about the God who loves them.

The next thing on my “to do” list was to lead a funeral back at church. The woman who had died had lived well into her nineties, so this funeral was mainly a celebration of her long and saintly life. As her children and grandchildren were saying to one another, she was now in a better place.

God willing, the students I had seen earlier that morning may live well into old age too. And, by God’s grace, they may then look back and say it was good to have lived in the house of the Lord all the days of their lives. It’s not that they will have spent time in the temple in Jerusalem, the “house” the psalmist was talking about. But, as New Testament believers, they will have spent time in the community where the Spirit of Christ lives today—in his church.

In this community we proclaim to one another God’s wonderful truth: whether we are old or young, the Lord is our light and our salvation. He is the stronghold of our lives.

Father, you gather your saints, old and young, into the church, binding us together into a community of faith. Thank you for drawing us in! Thank you for keeping us from standing alone. Amen.

About the author — David Den Haan

Pastor Dave Den Haan has served at Fairway Christian Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan, since 1999. Previously he served a church in Minnesota. Dave and his wife, Connie, have three children.

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