Reading: Psalm 146:1-5
Praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD, my soul.
I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD their God (NIV). *
Last week, I had a delightful telephone conversation with my mom. She was pleased to report that her last and final round of cataract surgery had gone very well. Her vision has greatly improved. Speaking of her follow-up exam, she said, “The most excited person in the room was the doctor. He was thrilled that the surgery turned out so well. I was the oldest patient he had ever operated on.”
My mom is ninety-four, but she doesn’t let a minor thing like her age slow her down. After all, age is just a number. She still keeps a busy schedule and out works many women half her age. Who else but my mother would annually sew a hundred quilts and donate them to Lutheran World Relief?
But she knows, just as we all know that her life here on this earth will come to an end. We best make the most of it while we have this precious gift. Time marches on, and time will eventually march us off to the grave as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow on a new day.
In today’s reading from Psalm 146, the psalmist makes a lifelong commitment. He commits himself to praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, my soul. I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
This is not an insignificant commitment. We were made to worship, and we all do it, even the atheists among us. Some worship their money; others worship the pleasures of this world. Perhaps the greatest god of the current age is the god of self. Monuments to personal vanity have been erected all around us. I have been known to set up a few of these myself.
Genuine praise for the LORD tears down personal idols. It establishes His lordship over our lives. It acknowledges that He is in control. I have so little power. I can’t turn a white hair to black, at least not in the true sense. But the LORD knows the number of hairs on my head and the number of my days. Ultimately, my life is in His hands. My life here is temporary. That’s why I need to put my hope and my trust in God—the eternal One. The psalmist’s words ring true. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God. And that blessing holds true for ninety-four-year-olds too.
Response: LORD God, I thank and praise you for the gift of life. You are worthy of worship. I commit to worshipping you every day for the rest of my life. Thank you for eternal life through Jesus. Amen.
Your Turn: Will you praise the LORD for all your life? Are you ready to make that commitment?
Postscript: This past summer my mother left us for a better place close to the heart of her Savior. She was six months away from her hundredth birthday which falls on December 28th. This will be our first Christmas without her. Enjoy your heavenly reward, Mom!
* NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, COPYRIGHT ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 BY BIBLICA
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Alan Kearns said:
I remember this post fondly David, may I offer my sincere condolences on your first Christmas without your mum. I am sure she is celebrating in the Heavenly Choir. May we all use our time wisely in serving and praising our LORD every day.
Thanks, Alan! We were greatly blessed to have her with us for so many years.
What a testimony your mom left of her faith by a hundred quilts. Thank you for reminding us of what really matters and when you see mom again, maybe she will be surrounded by those she helped find warmth and were warmed by her faith while here on earth.
She reminds me of Tabitha in the book of Acts. What joy we will know on resurrection morning!
Thanks for sharing a beautiful story of what this season is all about. Your Mom is having her best Christmas ever.
Yes! What a wonderful thought. She is with my Dad now and others who have gone before.
What a perfect testimony for your wonderful mom. Such great comfort to know she is with her Savior❤️
I agree. I am at peace knowing my Mom is at peace.