KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Kings 1:1 ” Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat”.
We come to the latter end of King David’s life. The Bible said and King David was old and stricken in years. One of the blessings of God for his servants is long life. Exodus 23:25,26 reads “And you shall serve the Lord your God, and He shall bless thy bread and thy water: and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee… the number of thy days thou shall fulfill.”
One of the blessings of the servants of the Lord is a fulfillment of the number of their days. We would consider the experience of some of the fathers who served God in their lifetime.
1. Abraham… Genesis 25:8 “Then Abraham gave up the ghost and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people”.
2. Isaac… Genesis 35:29 “And Isaac gave up the ghost and died and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days.”
3. Jacob… Genesis 48:5 And he blessed Joseph and said, God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, and God which fed me all my life long unto this day.
Jacob was also very old, living to see Joseph’s two sons in the land of Egypt.
In Psalm 91:16, the Lord added that “he that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall be satisfied with long life. “With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.” Living long and fulfilling your years is one of the blessings God has ordained for his children. The promises of God in every aspect must first he known so you could claim or walk in it.
In the new covenant we see that although a number of the Apostles were martyred most of them fulfilled their days. When we consider a man like Paul, he went through so many life-threatening situations yet was never killed. He was even stoned, which I believe he died but was raised to l back to life (Acts 14:19). A viper hanged on his hand but shook it into the fire (Acts 28:5). None of these things could take his life until he had finished his journey and service. He said in 1st Timothy 4:6 ” For I am now ready to be offered and the time of my departure is at hand”. Dear child of God it is the purpose of God for his servants to fulfil their days and complete their assignments on earth, before departing. Know this truth and believe to see this in your case.
Long life is my portion, that I may fulfil every assignment God has ordained for me. Nothing shall push me out of this life before my time.
2 Timothy 4:6-8 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”