Continuing the topic of fearing LORD from the youth, King Solomon sounds a warning to remember the LORD before the day of trouble arrives.
He recommends us to grow intimate with LORD as those pleasures will not be pleasurable for long.
Ecclesiastes 12:12 Remember your CreatorAfter having seen everything in life, King Solomon now speaks of the aging process. He refers to fading memory, and the house trembeling. Here, he refers to one's hands beginning to tremble as old age approaches. Hands that once used to protect an individual tend to tremble with age. Men stoop down and even become shorter by few inches. Loss of teeth results in 'loss of grinders'.
in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
and the years approach when you will say,
“I find no pleasure in them”
A person's activities are limited, they are easily startled and even begin to sound softer like a bird.
We are told about bodily pains and the fear of security - in olden days, along with ache on back, hip and knee, those elderly were vulnerable to the attack of wild animals as well.
With old age, several desires tend to die down as well - a person becomes frusturated and angry over the challenges he now has to face.
"Remember the LORD" is the advice King Solomon has for us.
The Conclusion of the Matter
In this book, King Solomon told us are few basic truths to ensure the reader lives wisely. Here is how the book of Ecclesiastes concludes:
Ecclesiastes 12:9 Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. 10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.
11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails - given by one shepherd. 12 Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.
Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.
13 Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the duty of all mankind.
14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.