Saturday, June 09, 2012

A Thousand Generations!

 7He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth.
 8He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.
 9Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;
 10And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:
 11Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:
 12When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.
 13When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;
 14He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;
 15Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. 

A Thousand Generations!

How long is a thousand generations? There are varying opinions--between 20 and 100 years. If a generation is 20 years, 1000 generations is 20,000 years; if a generation is 100 years, then 1000 generations is 100,000 years.

I do not think the psalmist actually had a specific number of years in mind when he wrote this Psalm, but was using a definite for an indefinite. In other words, God's faithfulness endures forever! We see that marvelously displayed in the example of the Israelites. How many times, since the time of Abraham, has Satan tried to exterminate the Jews--God's chosen people? Even now, many of the Arabs in the Middle East would like nothing better than to exterminate the "Little Satan," their name for the nation of Israel.

Yet, time and time again, God has faithfully preserved His people. Even though, in this day, the greater majority of those of Jewish descent do not believe that Jesus was the Messiah, God still protects and delivers them. Those of us who are Gentiles have been grafted in as adopted children, sometimes called the "Israel of God."

Our God is faithful, preserving, helping, and delivering us from untold attempts by Satan and His angels to destroy us, or at least destroy our testimony for the Lord. They know that time is short. They know that at the end of time, their doom is sealed, but they would like nothing better than to bring as many men, women, and children with them as they can.

It is a sobering thought, is it not? But, one only has to stop and examine one's own life to realize how effective the attempts of Satan are. How often are we distracted and driven away from the things of the Lord? How often do we find ourselves immersed in the cares of this life with no thought for the things of God? Do you really think that happens just by chance? Do you really think you are so unimportant that Satan will not bother with you?

Satan does not want one single believer to enter heavens gates unscathed! We, as Christians, need to take our walk with the Lord seriously, for Satan certainly does! Let us pray, today, that we will shake off the cares of this life and immerse ourselves in our walk with the Lord. Reading Psalm 105 is a great way to begin. 

As we ponder God's faithfulness to us, let us sing, pray, and rejoice in such a marvelous Savior. 

This is the day that the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!

God Bless You,

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