God is Immeasurable And Immutable

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Immutable

The psalmist compares the brevity of his own life with the eternity of days which belong to God (v. 23). Even though he is troubled by the worldliness of  many he is interested in all that is happening. The times were so fascinating, so full of soul-stirring events, he dreaded lest he die before seeing how everything would work out. He closed this Psalm with three great facts about God:

  1. God is timeless (v. 24) - Even if the psalmist can not stay on this earth the future of Israel is in more capable hands than his. It is the hands of God that watch human generations come and go and never gets frustrated at the shortness of life.
  2. God is tremendous (vv. 25-27) - He is immeasurable in power (v. 25). God is able to shepherd little Israel, struggling for national survival and seeming to exist only at the vacillating whim of Gentile kings. He is immutable in person (vv. 26-27). Astronomers now know how accurate these words are.
  3. God is trustworthy (v. 28). - The future of Israel is in the hands of God who is powerful enough to create the universe, and faithful enough to keep His word to His people.

The writer realizes that he will never live to see the fulfilment of all the prophets have spoken.

Application

I praise God that His Word and His love are perfect and unchanging. I also praise Him that in His love He is working to change me.

Psalms 102:23-28 (English Standard Version)

He has broken my strength in midcourse; he has shortened my days. "O my God," I say, "take me not away in the midst of my days-- you whose years endure throughout all generations!" Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end. The children of your servants shall dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before you.

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