The Reading: Psalm 1:1-6
“… its leaf withers not” (v3.) RSV
Not only does the righteous person find that what he does “prospers” (v.3), but he also finds that he himself does not wither. Elsewhere in the bible it says “They still bring forth fruit in old age, they are ever full of sap and green.”
(Psalm 92:14) What a lovely picture of eternal life residing in an ageing person. A good life lived positively, generously and in trusting faith will as a general rule produce a long and healthy life. Now I know there are so many exceptions to that but they only serve to prove the rule.
The promises of God are not meant to be brought to nothing by concentrating on all the exceptions. The basic rule holds good. If we “delight in the law of the Lord” (v.2) then we will, like a tree, “wither not” (v.3). Someone once said that they would rather burn out than rust out. The ageing process is not meant to make us go into a restful ante-chamber waiting to die and go to Heaven.
Life is for living. While it is day (i.e. while we are alive) we should be redeeming the time, for the days are evil.
Our one life on earth is a precious gift. We must not waste a bit of it in idleness. God wants to keep us “ever full of sap and green”. Let’s seek the refreshing Word of God and the filling of God’s life-giving Spirit. Let us be doing the works of God, rejoicing each day that he wakes us up.
Thank you Lord, for your gift of life. Forgive me when I waste my time in fruitless activity or idleness. Fill me with refreshing life that I may please you and not be ashamed. Amen.
1. Which two OT men were great examples of long and godly lives?
Deuteronomy 34:7 and Joshua 14:6-12
2. Which two old NT people in the Temple were still living for God?
Luke 2:25-32 and Luke 2:36-38