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)


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