Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Everlasting to Everlasting

 15As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
 16For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
 17But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
 18To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. 

Everlasting to Everlasting

I just love the spring time, and this year, we certainly got an early start on spring. I remember last year making the comment, "There is only one problem with taking a walk on an 80 degree day in April--no shade." I walk three times a day with my little dog, Chico, but this year we had no problem with the warm days of April. March was so warm that we already had leaves on the trees in April. However, even with an early spring, how long does the grass last?

It may flourish all summer, getting a little brown from the heat of mid to late summer, but will usually rejuvenate with the beautiful and glorious fall that we tend to have here in the Midwest. But, once the cold north winds begin to blow, its days are numbered. By January, there is no green grass left.

However, there is something even more devastating to grass than the normal changes of the seasons. People in the Midwest have a healthy appreciation for tornadoes. Grass that had grown for years and years can be ripped out of the ground by the fierce winds of a tornado, leaving the ground bare and brown. I think that is more of what the psalmist had in mind when he said,
As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
When we are young, we see the years stretching out before us and it seems as though they will go on forever. Then, one day we wake up and find ourselves in our mid-sixties and wonder how that happened. Just yesterday we were struggling with the issues of leaving home and beginning a life on our own, and now our grandchildren are facing those same issues.

Being older does have some wonderful blessings, one of which is reading a Psalm such as Psalm 103 and praising God as we finally begin to understand what it means to be from everlasting to everlasting. To the true saints of God, we will experience the righteousness and mercy of the Lord from now and forever!

How can such a thing be true? How can God love a people such as us? How could He bear to send His Son to pay the debt of our sins--we who are so undeserving of His great love and mercy? Some questions will never be answered, but we who are children of God reap the untold benefits of such love and will do so for eternity.

Let us remember that eternity for the children of God does not begin at our death. Eternity with the Lord begins the moment we first believed. I am reminded of those wonderful words in the last stanza of "Amazing Grace."
When we've been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we first begun.
Let us, then, spend today basking in God's love and mercy, praising Him for all that He has done for us!

God Bless You,

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