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Discover the Book - July 15, 2008

  • 2018 Jul 15

Refuge for the Loneliness of Old Age

David’s Testimony Of God’s Closeness During His Old Age or His Waning Years

David suffers the intense loneliness of old age. 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 life long 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 the 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 Valley of Death’s shadows. And shadows of death are all we get—not death. Jesus said who ever lives and believes in Him will never die.
  • 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 Jerusalem.” Praise the Lord! 

Some practical steps to overcome loneliness are these:

  1. Deal with sin. Be sure that there is no un-confessed or un-forsaken sin left in your life to give the Devil a place in your life. (Eph. 4:27)
  2. 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)
  3. Abandon all self-pity. Constant self-sorrow is a one way ticket to loneliness. Self-pity denies that 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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