God Can Be Close In Old Age
David could have been overcome with fear and grief and despair—but God held him up. Let’s review how God used David’s loneliness to bring him closer to the Lord.
David suffers the intense loneliness of unemployment and unsettled home life. In First Samuel 22:5 and 23:14-16 “As he was hiding from Saul in the Wilderness of Hareth,” David takes time to write Psalms 17 and 6—how to overcome the feelings of loneliness when we are insecure. This was a time of no sure place to live, no reliable source of income and provision.
David suffers the intense loneliness when betrayed by friends. In First Samuel 23:10-13 “as he escapes from Saul at Keilah and goes into hiding in the mountains of Ziph,” David writes Psalms 31 and 54. In First Samuel 24:1-16 “After he spares the life of his mortal enemy King Saul,” David records his heart in Psalm 7. In First Samuel 23:29 “as he hides in the cave at En-gedi,” David writes Psalms 35-36— how to overcome the feelings of loneliness when we are betrayed.
David suffers the intense loneliness when wronged in business. In First Samuel 25 in the Wilderness of Paran, “As he faces the danger of his anger toward Nabal ‘the fool’ and as God delivers him,” David writes Psalm 53— how to overcome the feelings of loneliness when we are in danger of bitterness.
David suffers the intense loneliness of the complete loss of his family, friends, and finances. Finally in First Samuel 27 “As he is grieved and endangered over the raid on his family and city of
David suffers the intense loneliness of temptation and failure. From the depths of conviction after his fall into sin with Bathsheba in II Samuel 11, David writes Psalm 32—how to overcome the feelings of loneliness when we are tempted and fail.
David suffers the intense loneliness of chastisement and restoration. From the pain of chastisement that leads to repentance and restoration in II Samuel 12, David sings of his faithful God in Psalm 51—how to overcome the feelings of loneliness when we are in chastisement and restoration.
David’s Testimony of God’s Closeness During His Old Age or His Waning Years
David suffers the intense loneliness of old age. And finally, at the end of his magnificent life, David extols his Master and King in Psalm 18—how to overcome the feelings of loneliness when we are in our last days before death. Especially note his lifelong praise to God in Psalm 18:46 “The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted.”
Psalm 71—Christ our Refuge in the Loneliness of Weakness and Sickness before Death
Psalm 116—Christ our Refuge in the Loneliness of Death
We are not lonely at death if we always remember He hears us. Psalm 116:1 “I love the Lord, because He has heard My voice and my supplications.”
We are not lonely at death if we pour out our fears and needs. Psalm 116:2 “Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.”
We are not lonely at death if we always remember that troubles and sorrows are neither wrong nor avoidable. Psalm 116:3 “The pains of death surrounded me, And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow.” Every great saint since the Garden of Eden (except two) have died in pain of one form or another. Jesus died most painfully. It is not wrong or sinful to have troubles and sorrows—it is normal and also a part of God’s plan.
We are not lonely at death if we seek the Lord’s aid when life hurts. Psalm 116:4 “Then I called upon the name of the Lord: ‘O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!’”
We are not lonely at death if we praise Him for His mercy and goodness that have followed us all through our life. Psalm 116:5-7 “Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful. 6 The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me. 7 Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.”
We are not lonely at death if we make it a habit to walk with God each day we live. Psalm 116:8-10 “For You have delivered my soul from death, My eyes from tears, And my feet from falling. 9 I will walk before the Lord In the land of the living. 10 I believed, therefore I spoke, ‘I am greatly afflicted.’” The same One who walks through life with us keeps walking and takes us through the
We are not lonely at death if we drink from the cup of salvation. Psalm 116:12-13 “What shall I render to the Lord For all His benefits toward me? 13 I will take up the cup of salvation, And call upon the name of the Lord.” Believers never die!
We are not lonely at death if we seek to obey Him during life. Psalm 116:14 “I will pay my vows to the Lord Now in the presence of all His people.” Jesus said His sheep hear His voice, follow Him—and He gives them endless life, even when their body dies!
We are not lonely at death if we serve Him in life. Psalm 116:15-16 “Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints. 16 O Lord, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have loosed my bonds.” Serving God is what saints are going to be doing forever!
We are not lonely at death if we thank Him through life. Psalm 116:17-19 “I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the Lord. 18 I will pay my vows to the Lord Now in the presence of all His people, 19 In the courts of the Lord’s house, In the midst of you, O
Practical Steps to Overcome Loneliness:
Deal with sin. Be sure that there is no unconfessed or unforsaken sin left in your life to give the Devil a place in your life. (Eph. 4:27)
Share your burdens. Clearly tell the Lord all your fears, all your struggles, all your pains—remember that He knows our frame, that we are dust. (Psalm 103)
Abandon all self-pity. Constant self-sorrow is a one way ticket to loneliness. Self-pity denies we have a responsibility to deal with our emotions and thus frustrates any cure. As Jesus said, coming after Him means we deny our self. (Luke 9:23)
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