18This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.
19For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth;
20To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;
21To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;
22When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.
Generation to Come
This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord.
I do not believe there is any other psalm in which the writer addresses the generation to come. But, I doubt that the writer of Psalm 102 ever imagined that his psalm would be printed and read by millions of people over 3000 years after it was written.
The treasures of God's Word are timeless--just as relevant today as the date on which they were written. We have the added advantage of having a record of God's working among His people--first with the Jewish nation and then all nations as the Word of God was taken to the Gentiles by Paul and other New Testament believers.
Let us then take a moment to view the bigger picture. Often we are so consumed by our everyday lives that we fail to step back for a moment and envision things from God's perspective. While we are busying ourselves with preparations for tomorrow, God is viewing the world from a timeless perspective. He sees everything laid out from the beginning to the end of time.
Before the world was even created, God developed His plans. Knowing that sin would enter this world and corrupt it to the very core of its fabric, God chose a people with whom He would make Himself known. From this same people would come the Savior, born of the virgin Mary and the Holy Spirit, the God man. After His short time on this earth, salvation would be accomplished through His death, burial, and resurrection.
Now the Gospel would be spread about throughout all nations, and men would begin to call upon the Lord from every nation and tongue. Never, in all of this time, did God lose control, for His plans have been fulfilled and continue to be fulfilled, to the very minutest detail.
As we ponder this reality we begin to realize that this same God has control of all of the details of our lives as well. We can safely go to Him, for He alone can walk us through the trials and difficult days that come upon us. This same God, who created the world and then created a means to save this world from the sin and corruption brought to by Satan, cares about each and every one of His children, even the tiniest details of our lives.
As the psalmist declared, the Lord looked down from heaven, heard the groaning of His people, and loosed them that would otherwise have been appointed to death. How can we, then, do anything less than to declare the name of the Lord and to praise His wondrous and holy name?
Like the psalmist, we look forward to the day when all the nations of the world will be gathered together to serve the Lord. What a glorious day that will be--sin will be conquered and righteousness will reign.
Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!
God Bless You,