“So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.” (Psalm 71:18)
What is the responsibility of the older generation? The psalmist seems to think it is to share what God has done over a long lifetime. The psalmist has experienced many years of refuge in the rock of ages and even in his old age God has not left him. His lips will shout for joy and praises will fall from them. The writer will not stop talking about God’s deliverance and help.
This is a psalm of recognition of God’s faithfulness to His servants through all kinds of difficulties no matter age or circumstances. The psalmist wants to tell of God’s righteous deeds because he has personally experienced them. God has been faithful and for that reason needs to be praised.
There is a sense of need on the part of the writer to share this personal knowledge with those of another generation. They cannot see ahead, but he can see behind. They do not know what God will do in their lives, but the gray-headed one does and he wants to assure the next generation understands the need for trusting in God.
Task for Today: Regardless of your age, take a few minutes to evaluate what God has and is doing in your life. The older you are, the more you will have to share. The important thing to learn today is that sharing the good news of Christ in you is needed in our world today. The coming generation must learn from the present one that God is good. Tell someone younger than you what God has done for you and do it today.