I have been young, and now I am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.
As I sit here and watch a video of John Denver and Olivia Newton-John sing “Fly Away”; I notice that it was recorded in 1976, and I am blown away… that’s 34 years ago. It seems like just yesterday when I first heard the two of them sing that song.
It was this scripture that came to mind, and the reality that thirty-four years ago I was twenty-five, with the wind at my back and a life ahead of me. Yes there would be ups and downs, mountain-top experiences and valleys full of shadows. Yet through it all G-D has always been there, always!
At times I could feel Him more than others, and there were occasions when I said, “I have seen G-D”. There have been times I have been lost in His presence, and times I couldn’t see or feel him if my life depended on it: yet He has always been there!
Sixty is not old if you ask someone who is eighty-five, but ask a teenager what that number means, and you will get a different answer. To some I’m old, to some I’m young, but in the light of eternity I am so young I do not even exist! Yet G-D, my Father is eternal; He has always been there, and He will always be there!
G-D has never forsaken me. I have walked away from Him (if that is possible), I have refused to heed His counsel, and sometimes I did not take His out-stretched hand until I felt the water rising up around my neck, but G-D has never forsaken me, has never given up on me .
In those valleys, in those times I could neither see nor feel the presence of G-D, but He was always there. He has been my only salvation, and that’s why I have never been forsaken. I like what Moses said to the children of Israel in Exodus 14:13: “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the L-RD, which He will accomplish for you today.”
The older I get the more and more I realize that it is not what I have done, nor what I will do, that puts the promises of Psalm 37:25 into play in my life but it is the words of Exodus that starts the ball in motion “Stand still, and see the salvation of the L-RD”.
“I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken” and its all because of what the L-RD has done.