This image communicates such a contrast between young and old, vibrant and struggling. However, for a 60+ year old man from the Netherlands, this was not how he saw himself. In his head and spirit, if not in his body, he was still young. On a job application he put his age down as 49. When he was called on it, he explained that this was how he felt inside!
Today’s verse is a call to praise the Lord for all of His benefits. David then lists several, ending with this amazing declaration. God satisfies our desires so that even our youth is renewed like the eagle’s! There is satisfaction in remembering each of the good things that are already ours. He forgives, He heals. He redeems, and He crowns us with His love and compassion (verses 3-4). Those intangible benefits provide a satisfaction that constantly renew the spirit.
If I did not know His love and compassion I would feel prematurely old. And realizing all His good gifts is a lift and renewal to my spirit! Focusing on HIs benefits means there is no longer an energy drain fussing about what I do not have or pining away for what I wish I had. I am freed from discontent when I hand over my desires to Him. He knows what I really want. He knows what it is I truly need. He only gives to me what is good. I want to relinquish every desire to Him and not be dragged down from the heights where I can be soaring! Remembering His benefits is the best way I know to feel young!
Thank you Lord, that You satisfy and renew me.