Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Like the Eagles

Praise the LORD, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.  
Praise the LORD, my soul,

    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalm 103:1-5

I've always loved these verses but wondered about the eagle part.  A couple of commentaries have possibly answered some of my questions.  One said that as the eagle ages its upper beak can grow over the lower one and eventually it will cause him to not be able to eat and he will die of starvation.  He has to continually file his upper beak on rocks to allow this from not happening.  If he does so, he will be able to eat and regain his strength.  The Christian's spiritual life, as he ages, can wane and he will have to continually sharpen it on the Word of God.  When he does so, God will allow ministry opportunities that suit his age and thus he is renewed as if he were young again.
As I get older, I'm seeing this happen.  Never in my life would I have imagined doing what I am doing now at my age.  God is good and has "satisfied [my] desires with good things."

Praise the Lord, oh my soul.  You have provided me so many benefits.

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