By Lillian Sparks
Today's Scripture: Psalm 102:27
Central Thought: Write this message for all future generations--the Lord God will never change and His years will never end.
Have you read the saying, "Life is fragile...handle with prayer?" Did you ever wake up one morning and realize that life is speeding by like an Amtrak train during rush hour? Life is fragile...and fleeting. The apostle Paul says that life is like a puff of steam--now you see it and then it is gone. How quickly the days melt into months, which become years, and eventually a lifetime.
The Psalmist compares the frailty of mankind with the eternal attributes of God. His days were being consumed away like smoke, his bones were burning, and his heart was withering like grass. Having no appetite, he was groaning in physical agony. Emaciated, he felt dejected, like a sorrowful-looking owl or a bird perched on a branch alone. His strength was gone, he was inwardly depressed, and he had lost his will to live. Does this sound like someone you know? Look around--our world is filled with lost, lonely, lifeless people.
Then the Psalmist contrasts his fragile life with God's changelessness. He asks God to prolong his days. Speaking of God's eternality in contrast with His Creation was an expression of the Psalmist's confidence in the Lord. The earth and the heavens will perish, wearing out like old clothes, but God will go on forever. His years will never end. Therefore, He will be faithful to all generations, the children of God and their descendents.
What a powerful assurance of the Lord's steadfastness in the midst of an ever-changing, swiftly passing, and unstable world. Remember that "the grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever" (I Peter 1:24–25, NKJV). Hebrews tells us that "He is the same yesterday, today, and forever."
Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me to hold to Your strong, unchanging hand while walking on this journey called life. When my human frailty overwhelms me, remind me of Your constant love and faithfulness to every generation.
Today's Bible Reading: Judges 13:1-14:20; John 1:29-51; Psalm 102:1-28; Proverbs 14:15-16