For you have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth. From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you. Psalm 71:5-6
Today passage from the Psalms describes my relationship with the Lord who has been watching over me since my birth over 62 years ago. The Psalmist uses this particular Psalm to express his gratitude and praise for a Sovereign Lord who has delivered him time and time again since his youth. He cries out for deliverance one more time so that he might be able to continue to glorify God, tell of His righteous acts, and praise Him before all men.
As I read this Psalm, I could certainly identify with Psalmist who needed deliverance from his wicked enemies one more time. In my case, the wicked enemy is no mere man. No, my evil enemy is Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease which is a much fiercer foe. Like the Psalmist, I have also petitioned the Lord for divine deliverance from this evil enemy time and time again.
Of course, divine deliverance can come in many wonderful ways. Therefore, I trust fully in the Lord to apply His miraculous method of deliverance in my situation. It could be through heavenly healing, safe and secure refuge, softening of the symptoms, purposeful and meaningful activity, sudden death, or a unique method He has perfectly picked for my particular predicament with this disease. You see, God has delivered me in the past when trials have hammered my doorstep. Sometimes He chosen to remove the trials while other times He simply kept them at bay. But one things for sure, His deliverance is always perfect!
In my current situation with this disease, it makes no difference to me what God choses but only that His will be done in my life. Whatever form of deliverance He decides upon, I will continue to praise Him! Why? Because He is my confidence, my hope, my strength, and my refuge.
If you are struggling from the daily demands of dementia, remember today’s passage from the Psalms. Contemplate on the times God has delivered you from trials since your youth. Praise Him for His presence, power, and protection in the past. Then petition his deliverance today so you can confidently continue to praise and glorify His Holy Name before all men.