Meditations on Psalm 71 – No. 2

A few weeks ago I wrote of the benefits I have gleaned from Psalm 71 as I have recuperated from a long summer of treatments for cancer.

I have read many Psalms over the course of the summer but this one kept drawing me back as a source of encouragement and insightful reflection.

In my previous post on this Psalm, I highlighted the comfort, consolation and protection of God as a rock and fortress.    Today I want to give emphasis on the promise of God’s future.

v. 17-18 (NASB) says,

“O God, You have taught me from my youth and I still declare Your wondrous deeds.  And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation…Your power to all who are to come.”

In those verses I find a call to keep life in the present tense and with a view to the future.   Somehow cancer has a way of insisting that the future is uncertain…..that life no longer holds promise of things to come.  In many ways, I came to take the Psalmist’s references to evil doers as a metaphor of what cancer was seeking to do to me.

v. 13 “Let those who are adversaries of my soul be ashamed and consumed…”

As I contemplated these words, I couldn’t help making the connect that cancer was playing the role of an adversary of my soul.  I found myself crying out for rescue.  God did not disappoint.

I find myself coming back to the purpose of continuing to proclaim the goodness of God.

v. 14-15  has become my mantra…..

“But as for me, I will hope continually, and I will praise you more and more.”   My future is being defined in the call to “tell of Your righteousness and of Your salvation all day long.  v. 15

I am reminded that the future…..my future is still full with promise….still rich with missional purpose.

Finally…..v. 20 has been especially instructional and inspirational.

“You who have shown me many troubles and distresses will revive me again, and will bring me up again from the depths of the earth.”

My future in God’s grand narrative is certain.  In life there is promise and in resurrection, there is assurance.

I anticipate the future work of God with humble thanksgiving as He invites me to participate in the

telling of the story

and the living of the story.

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About Gary Cleveland

An old chunk of coal waiting to become a diamond some day. I spend the bulk of my time focused on spiritual development. I teach, preach and stand by the hurting and wounded. I believe our heavenly Father offers us daily opportunities to discover who we are and what we can yet become. I serve as a bringer of good news in and around the city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
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1 Response to Meditations on Psalm 71 – No. 2

  1. Wayne Loots says:

    Straight from the book of Cleve! What an inspiration you are to those of us who muddle in luke warm water. Our prayers continue to be with you.

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