As I near my seventh decade, it seems to me that a lot of life is already in the rear-view mirror. Since I reached middle age, my dad has teased me: “Once you’re over the hill, you start picking up speed.” Why is it that we sometimes dwell on the past, especially on our failings? We remember times we have disappointed or hurt our families, our friends and ourselves.
The psalmist David is yet a young man, and we know that he will have many troubled times ahead. He’ll sin grievously against some of his closest friends and against God. But even as a young person, David has the sense that God is steadfast. “Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.” (verse 8)
What is yet possible in the time we have ahead of us? How can we walk in the light of our God as we encounter people and situations that require steadfast love? No one is beyond redemption. Our God keeps calling us to participate in God’s redeeming love for all creation.
God of all ages, keep us steadfast in your love that we might be your light in the world. Amen. — DAK