It Is No More
It Is No More
In Psalm 103:15-18, King David says,
As for man, his days are like grass;
as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
When the wind has passed over it, it is no more;
and its place acknowledges it no longer.
But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
on those who fear Him,
and His righteousness to children’s children,
to those who keep His covenant,
and who remember His precepts to do them.
How many times have we heard folks say, “The older I get, the faster time goes” — “I just don’t know where the time flew.”?
Our days are so short.
Just think of the billions and billions of people who have lived and died since creation. They are no longer known by anyone. We are all just like any flower that once lived — here today and gone tomorrow. As verse 16 says, “its place acknowledges it no longer” — so, no one acknowledges all those who have passed on before us.
We live in the present and can’t spend all our time dwelling on the past. We all have only this one life to live. When we’re gone, it won’t take all that long before no one knows we even existed. All our hopes, dreams, struggles, building — all of it will be gone some day.
Our time goes fast.
As King David thinks about how his time to die is fast approaching, he sees a most wonderful truth — right in the middle of all his struggles. In verse 17, David proclaims, “BUT… the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him…” What is David saying? That is a beautiful way of saying God’s love will forever be with all those who respect the LORD as the Creator and Redeemer of all.
God will never leave those who hold Him in awe and respect. Through all their lives on earth and through all eternity, God will be near them and love them. “From everlasting to everlasting” means time without beginning and time without end. God’s love is that faithful and that great.
The other key words are “on those who fear Him”. As much as God loves absolutely everyone who has ever lived — God has this special love for all those who respect Him as their Lord and Savior.
We need to ask ourselves if we are respecting and fearing the LORD just because He alone is our beloved Creator and Redeemer.
How can we know if we are fearing the LORD in the right way?
In verse 18, David says God’s love is “To those who keep His covenant, and who remember His precepts to do them.”
What is God’s “covenant“? Jesus explains God’s covenant in John 3:36,
“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
God’s covenant is simply for us to believe so firmly in the Savior, Jesus Christ — whom God had lovingly promised [covenanted] from the beginning — that we lovingly remember how God wants us to live — all because we have respect for God’s faithful love towards us, even in our sinful condition.
Because our time on earth is so short, we need to live in a way we will not regret for all eternity. It is vital to examine ourselves. Are we living by faith in a way that shows respect for our Lord and Savior?
When our love for our LORD has blossomed and come forth in all its obedient beauty, we will humbly say, “Hallelujah! God’s love saves even me.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.