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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

PSALM 119

verses 89-91 & 96




"For ever, O Lord,
Your word is settled in heaven. 
Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations;
You established the earth, and it stands.
They stand this day according to Your ordinances,
for all things are Your servants...
I have seen a limit to perfection;
Your commandments are exceedingly broad."








Remember the old Bill Cosby quote (which I hesitate to use since he fell in disgrace) when he told his T.V. son Theo, "I brought you into this world, and I can take you out of it."  There's an updated version from a blog comic uhohMandy, about texting between two mom friends:

Mom #1: I'm done.  I'm selling the kid on eBay."
Mom #2.  Don't be crazy.  You made him; that goes on Etsy!" 

I think that's God's job.  He made us.  As far as the earth goes, He made it too.  He sustains it.  When all is said and done, He will dissolve it when we have a new earth and heaven.  



For ever.  That's a long time.  We live in minutes and hours and days on our calendar, even lifetimes.  But God exists outside of time.  It was settled a long time ago that all God's words will remain.  My young twinie granddaughter Addie has a long memory.  A year after we were out of town and missed her 4th birthday she penned me against the wall with her words saying, "You missed my birthday!"  Now a year after her tonsils were out, she told her mom at bedtime, "I know why parents stay up late...cuz they wait till their kids fall asleep, then they put them in the car and drive them to get their tonsils out!" But even the best of memories looks back while the Psalmist points us forward in the for ever.

"You established the earth, and it stands."

There are lot of Chicken Littles out there who say,
"The sky is falling!
The oceans are rising!
The climate is changing!
It's global cooling and we'll freeze!
It's global warming and it will be disaster!"

Yes, there are hurricanes, drought, tornadoes, fire, the storms of this life, but the earth continues to rotate while hopefully people will call out to God instead of running around like a chicken with its head cut off.  If God says that the earth is established, that it stands, I believe Him.  Yes, we are groundskeepers for this world and must take our responsibility seriously, but we are not God.



"He may see the world in a flame, and all its pomp and pride and glory, and gallantry, and crowns, and sceptres, and riches and treasures, turned into ashes.  He may see the heavens passing away like a scroll and the elements melting with fervent heat, and the earth, and the things thereon, consumed; and all its perfections, which men dented so much on, vanished into smoke and nothing." (George Swinnolck) 



"Adam Clarke says, "...every thing of human origin has is bounds and limits, and end, howsoever extensive, noble, and excellent....As they came from man, and relate to man, they shall end with man: but Thy law, Thy revelation, which is a picture of Thy own mind, an external manifestation of Thy own perfections, conceived in Thy infinite ideas, in reference to eternal objects, is exceeding broad; transcends the limits of creation, and extends illimitably into eternity!"  Yep, that's what I was just about to say--just kidding--but I like it though.


"It is easier for heaven and earth to pass away
than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail."
(Luke 16:17)

"For truly I say to you,
until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter (one iota) or stroke
shall pass rom the Law
until all is accomplished."
(Matthew 5:18)

"Heaven and earth will pass away,
but My words will not pass away."
(Matthew 24:35)

"...the stars of the sky fell to the earth...
The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up,
and every mountain and island were moved out of their places."
(Rev. 6:13-14)


"Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it,
from whose presence earth and heaven fled away,
and no place was found for them."
(Rev. 20:11



"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth;
for the first heaven and the first earth passed away,
and there is no longer any sea.
And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
made ready as a bride adorned for her husband."
(Rev. 21:1-2)

Now that's climate change!  So we need to be clingers to His word.  That is eternal.

"Exceedingly broad"

Notwithstanding many things do show the way of life to be narrow,
yet unto the godly man it is a way of great breadth;
though not for sin, yet for duly (in a due manner) and delight."
(R.T.  1642-1716)


I love this. 
The narrow way leads us into a way of great breadth
that we may worship Him as we go from one delight to another in His eternal word!






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