Words from the Heart for Friday June 30th, 2017
Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.
Psalm 71:18 (NLT)
Let Me Proclaim Your Power
Every generation has a part in the plans of God. The older generation owes the younger ones the sure testimony of the Lord’s faithfulness. When we pass along the stories of the Lord’s victories we will see their faith built. The Lord has no plans to disappoint us now nor in the future.
As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, we continue our biographies of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation. John Mercer Johnson was born in England in 1818 and came to Canada as child. He was elected to the legislative assembly of New Brunswick from 1850 until Canadian Confederation in 1867, following which he was elected a Member of Parliament in Canada’s first Parliament. He had served in a number of portfolios in the New Brunswick legislature prior to Confederation, and was selected to attend all three of the Confederation Conferences. Johnson was a proponent of the power of the local government and argued that the provinces should have no control over the decisions of county officials. He failed to win much support for that position. He died in 1868 while serving as a Member of Parliament.
The Bible speaks of a generation being 40 years. If you do a little math, you will see that this means there have been 500 generations since Jesus walked on this planet. This means that for 500 generations, faithful men and women have passed the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the next generation. To do so is the call of God that precedes Jesus’ coming. In fact, King David understood this in his generation. In Psalm 71:18 he writes: “Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.” David lived until he was around 70 years old, and as he aged, he recognized that he had a great responsibility to ensure that the next generation had the same understanding of God, and love for Him, that David did. And it began with a desire for God to continue to empower him to live a life above reproach so that those around him could see the power of God still at work in his life. He wanted others to continue to see God performing mighty miracles in and through him. What a great prayer for an aging follower of God. As one whose hair is white and I’m now in my 60’s, I pray the same prayer as David – that God’s power would still be seen in my life.
These have been words from the heart.
For stories of how Canada was founded on Christian principles, see our new book ‘One Dominion’