Song in the Old Heart.
71 Psalm … read it completely… line by line This is the prayer song of an old man. The lamentation of an old man. But he ended that lamentation with a prayer, with a hope, with faith.
“In you Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. Rescue me and deliver me in your righteousness; turn your ear to me and save me.” Psalm 71:1 This old man crying in his heart, and that cry took a melodious form, into a Psalm, he might had faced certain shame in his life, because he is old,and thereby he is beseeching the Lord, like this “ Lord , I beseech you, I am at your feet, ..deliver me, rescue me, save me…my fortress, my Lord, Do not leave me in my old age, When I became weak, oh, please do not forsake me.” his prayer is a prayer we should learn when we are still young and bold.
Once the body was healthy, robust, strong, but he will become weak , lean and thin, the spirit is strong, but the frame of the bones which has had the spirit is weak. Then you need to help this LITTLE OLD MAN/WOMAN. His body became skinny, he is vulnarable, and shaky, not able to take a step without a stick, so people avoid him, telling him ” You old man, you better sit in this corner, as we are going out for fun, you are not needed with us.” Therefore he is telling his Lord Oh you ‘”Be my Rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress” Ps 71:2.
The Hunchback in the Park— written by Dylan Thomas depicts how an old wretched poor old man is teased by the teenage boys in the park.This old buddy does not have any other place to take rest thereby looked down by every one He was.eating bread from a newspaper Drinking water from the chained cup That the children filled with gravel in the fountain basin where I sailed my ship-slept at night in a dog kennel But nobody chained him up—That was the miserable life of the old man .He was singing loudly, ‘ Deliver me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of evil and cruel men. For you are my hope O Sovereign Lord my confidence since my youth. From birth I have relied on you, you brought me forth from my mother’s womb I will ever praise you.Psalm 71:5
We have to treat that big man as a little boy. you have to feed him, wipe his mouth carefully, change his diapers, dress him well,(dignified way,as he used to be, do not through him in a piece of rags, whatever be the reason.)comb his hair (in a way he likes, not the way you feel comfortable with your time)—-This Big boy feels ashamed to get help from you , surely, when you take him on your arm … his spirit cries aloud in his heart. Can you hear that ?—His spirit laments because its not the way he lived all these years, but now he is helpless, if you treat him improper way… The blood of Abel cried to the Lord, so is the Spirit of this Old Big Boy/girl cries to the Lord.May not be in the language you know, but his groaning has another language of the Holy Spirit which communicates to its Creator. Remember.
In 71 Psalm the Psalmist remembered the disgusting words addressed to him, the shame he faced because of his inability to do things fast cute and tidy, he remembered the mocking of yours at him, for the way he dressed up, for the way he could not eat properly , and he prays, 10 verse, “Lord let not the enemies talk about me, Please, Lord”
Dear friends do not become an enemy to the old person, just because he could not retort back do not treat him as you like. That would be a curse on you. You do not know how your end would be. The psalmist knew that some people want him to die soon, they want to get rid of him soon, by throwing him in an old age dungeon or out of the house, so he prays, “Lord, my enemies are trying to trap me, avoid me, they conspire against me…verse 10
Are you the one who is contemplating the Old age home for your dear parent? Are you calculating the expenses you have to bore for the Hospital in his old age? Are you the one who wants to shun of the burden of taking care of your old mother and old father?
Beware, what you sow you will reap.
Are you saying, ” This old rag, I cant serve him, I do not know when I will get rid of him?” If your mother or father is a praying person, do not forget he or she is king or queen, in the sight of God, and His angels will go and inform Him of their tears and the reason for those tears. Its true. Read. Ecc 10:20
We are living in a selfish world, The word of God says, Do not neglect the mother, the one who bore you for 9 months, who shared her blood to you, who brought up you with all her might, if you are negligent in her old age, God will not forgive, the word of God says, Especially when she is old do not be negligent of her needs. Don’t close your eyes on pretext of your busy schedule to spare a few minutes to talk to her , to make her laugh with some jokes… Don’t do that ever. Or dont cheat yourself that she is not really old, and she doesnt need your time !!! Mother needs her children all ways, especially in her old age. She sent you to your chosen places because she doesn’t want to be hurdle for your bright future. No mother wants her children leave her alone. Understand her sacrifice. When I say mother it includes father too. They need you so much and very much especially if they are without their spouse.
Proverbs 23:22–read , read.!!
Last week something happened in PREMALAYAM ( Old age home ) In our little town, It was published in news paper.
There is an old woman who sits in the verndah of the old age home, she refuses to go in side or eat inside. she is sitting in a chair and waiting for her son, saying, ” No, do not ask me to come inside, my son told me he would come and take me, he asked me to stay here. He will certainly come and fetch me back to our home”—Poor mother she doesn’t know that her son wantonly dropped her to get rid of her and went away. Poor mother she never suspected that her end days would be in an old age home. The stories of each woman in the Old age home is a pathetic ones.
Psalms 74:24 Dont be an enemy to the Old people. It would be a great curse on you. Dont you ever dare to think that old age would not come to you. Everybody has to go to that way, and that is the destiny of life.
Death in youth would be horrible and painful, Death in old age would be easy and sweet. Better to die in old age, What do you say?
Psalms 71:22 This old man in this psalm praises God, and he was getting ready to the end of life. He says, I too will play the musical instruments, and I will sing the songs of praise.
There is a road is in front of us, we have to walk on that road, no escape. Don’t think the church is only for the youth/adults, the programmes are only for them, invent and invite the Elder people in your church , give special attention to them, treat them lovingly, the other day my mom was objecting me when I was changing her diapers, I said, “mom, I do this even to my grandchildren, you are like one of them.” yes they are little children.
If they cry inwardly its not good for us.Welcome them. Listen to them, Comfort them, and do not insult them, and don’t be merciless, useless, cruel person.” I am like a strange object to many, but you are the strong fortress to me” Psalms 71:7 Says the old Psalmist.