“They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the LORD is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.” Psalm 92:14-15
What a beautiful statement of the faithfulness of God. These verses declare that He will not forsake us, no matter how long we live on this earth. We will still bear fruit in old age. We will never lose that connection to the Vine, Jesus, who says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). I am also reminded of Psalm 1:3, speaking of the man who delights in the law of the Lord: “He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”
Throughout all of our years, each day, in every single hour, we can know the faithfulness of our God and experience His goodness and mercy. We will be “ever full of sap and green.” Our God will not leave us empty, but will fill us with Himself. He will satisfy us always with His infinite glory and strength. Filled to overflowing with the abundant grace and hope of our Lord. This promise is not just for the young. It isn’t even for those who have proved themselves worthy. It is for those of us who have chosen to trust in Christ as our righteousness and salvation. Those of us who choose to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
I read a blog yesterday that reminded me that this life isn’t about trying to live the best we can and do all the right things. Life is about the glory of God, and we are called simply to love Him. As we experience His grace poured out for us, rebellious sinners who just can’t get it right on our own, we are overwhelmed by His love for us. And we fall in love with Him in return. We see His character and His faithfulness to us, even in the moments when we feel that we’ve ruined everything. This is the hope that we have. This is what we will experience only in greater measure as we walk through this life.
As we grow older, we will see that God is still faithful. That He still draws near to us, still speaks to us, still shows us new revelations of who He is and what He can do in our lives. Knowing this, experiencing this, it is then our calling to declare this to the generations coming behind us. Declare that the Lord is upright, that He is your Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. Be transparent and share your stories, even those darkest parts, so that others can know that our God is faithful in every moment. Allow God to use you as a vessel to help those around you believe that He is a Rock they can stand on, that He will never let them down, that His character and righteousness always remain. Because even the strongest Christian may go through moments when they doubt His righteousness. When they wonder if His goodness is really there, and if He will come through for them in their circumstances. So let us pour out all the grace that has been shown to us, letting them know that they are not alone, and that God will show Himself faithful. “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4).