Yesterday, I looked at Moses and how he had a few new starts in his life; even when he was older. I looked at no matter how many years were behind us, God can use us. But, let's consider youth and the reality that many of us have very little life experience. Can God use the young? Absolutely! God wants all of us to serve Him, no matter our age. Let's consider David, another author of several psalms. In fact, he was the most prolific author in the book of Psalms. David didn't consider his youth as something to stop him from serving God. He first served God by faithfully taking care of his father's sheep. He even protected them from a bear and a lion. He then slayed a giant when no one else in Israel would do it. He understood that his age and size didn't determine whether or not he could defeat such a great enemy; he knew that with God all things are possible. David then was anointed king of Israel but still waited several years before that was fulfilled. In fact, he served in the court of Saul as a warrior and as a musician to soothe Saul's troubled spirit. He never considered his age as a stumbling block to do what God called him to do.
As we look at the book of Psalms, consider the fact that David knew that his abilities didn't have anything to do with his age; he knew it had everything to do with God. We will see this reality reflected many times over in his writings as he acknowledges that God was the greatest desire in his heart. We will see that the reason that David had such confidence in God was because he totally loved and believed his Creator. David had some difficult times with Saul wanting to kill him and even had a son who wanted to kill him. David sinned against God by having an affair with a married woman. But when all was said and done, he was repentant and believed that God was his provider and protector. His undying faith in God is what sustained him and gave him the ability to accomplish so many things, even when he was so young.
"Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12 NIV
Are you letting your youth get in the way of serving God?
This post is linked with Faith Filled Friday.