A Season of Psalms - Psalm 102:25-28
“Of old you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end. The children of your servants shall dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before you.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
An experiment was conducted in 2014 to determine which flavor of chewing gum lasts the longest. Four popular brands of chewing gum were selected for this experiment: Stride, Extra, Trident, and Wrigley’s Original. On average, flavor lasted 20.3 minutes for Wrigley’s; Trident lasted 22.8 minutes; Extra’s flavor ended after 28.1 minutes; and in first place was Stride, which on average lasted 42 minutes! If you’re ever wondering whether you’re getting your money’s worth in the brand of gum you chew, these statistics might be worth remembering!
Psalm 102 is an individual lament, noted in the superscription as “a prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the Lord.” The psalm alternates between complaint and remembrance: complain about the current situation, but remembering that the Eternal God is faithful and true. “The Lord looks down from heaven…to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die…” (v. 19-20). From the foundation of the world, everything will one day fade away, even our momentary troubles and afflictions, but God remains forever. The circumstances of our lives may change, but our God is changeless. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The same God who delivered the Israelites from slavery will deliver us from our bondage. We can depend on Him for everything because He is our ever-present help in times of trouble, our Shield and our Defender. He is our comfort and strength. As long as life endures, we will have trouble, but don’t fear; our troubles have met their match in the name of God Almighty!
In our times of despair, what will we tell the next generation about the faithfulness of our God? Let’s start by telling of His praiseworthy deeds. He has done great things for us; are we filled with His joy?
Further Reading: Psalm 78; Exodus 3:13-22
Pray with me:
Father, though my worries and problems seem great, remind me that You are greater still. In my weakness, help me to remember that your grace is sufficient for me. This is my prayer in Jesus’ name, Amen.