Saturday, September 10, 2011

Forever and Ever!

 12Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.
 13Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.
 14For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death. 

Forever and Ever!

How long is forever? How many promises made to us in this life will last forever and ever? As Psalm 48 draws to a close, the Psalmist reminds us that we can cast our eyes upon God our Father and not be disappointed. Just as we see the towers of His fortress looming above us, as we consider the city of Zion, the lasting city that will house the King of Kings, we are assured that this God will be our guide even unto death.

Of course, death is not the end, is it? In a true sense, death is just a beginning. Everything we love and hold dear in this life is but a shadow of the things to come. Like children, it is not easy for us to look beyond what we know and see before us, to a time to come. We live in this world, and though it is filled with much sorrow and grief, it is what we know.

That is the true heart of Christianity, is it not? We bypass the present and look to the future promises of God's kingdom. By the grace of God, Christ has redeemed us and purchased our eternal home, giving us the ability to see beyond the here and now and look unto the life to come.

It is good for us to read and ponder such Bible passages as Psalm 48. Just as men over 2000 years ago looked forward to eternity with the Lord, which they are now experiencing, so, too, will we one day pass through the veil of death into life everlasting.

What a blessing! In light of the uncertainties of this age, where else do we find such hope. We see nations experiencing financial and political breakdowns, natural disasters seem to be compounded in their frequency, and new heath issues seem to be born daily. Yet, in all of this, God is still God. His eternal plan, created before the foundations of this world, has never been and will never be compromised!

Consider the words of Joshua 24:15.
 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. (Joshua 24:15, King James Version)
May this be our theme as well: For this God is our God forever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death.

God Bless You,
Linda

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