“But you, O LORD, will sit on your throne forever. Your fame will endure to every generation.” – Psalm 102:12 NLT
I love Psalm 102. The first eleven verses are a plea to God to listen in our time of need. The whole world is falling apart. Life is fleeting and the days are filled with pain and loneliness. I’ve never had the displeasure of having “my bones burn like red-hot coals” but I understand the feeling of hopelessness, loneliness, and nothingness. Now, this may not sound like a super uplifting message and probably isn’t the beginning of newest worship song. But things change in verse twelve.
Our present circumstance don’t negate the power and authority of God, our Father. Verses 12-22 show the paradox of our relationship with God. Through all of the troubles and strife that is happening, we recognize that you O Lord, remain on Your throne forever. No matter how much the current generation tries to remove Your name, You will be made known through countless generations. How can it be that after experiencing some of the hardest moments in life, we can still lift our voice to proclaim the glory of God?
It’s not because we are cowering subjects under the rule of a tyrannical despot. It’s because we are sons and daughters of the King of Kings. My kids go where I tell them, eat what I feed them, and don’t doubt whether I’ll get them there safely. They don’t even question my faithfulness and devotion to them. All they know is that because daddy’s there, everything is ok. Even when they fall or bang their finger on a drawer, they come to me to help them feel better.
God is telling us, “Won’t I do the same if not more for you?”.
Not only is God loving, merciful, and gracious but He is also holy, all-powerful, and without comparison. So the God of the universe, who is seated on high, not only calls us to worship Him but He calls us to have an intimate relationship with Him. More than just a friend, but a Father to a lost child. A king that stoops down to hear our needs, to hurt with us, and take the time to help us grow. My God, my King, my Savior, my Friend, and my Father is deserving of all my praise and the praise of the generations that come after me.
This is the song that I was listening to when writing this devotional.