The Psalms are adamant that God is everlasting. He was and is and will be for ever and ever. There was no time He was not and there will ne’er be a time He isn’t.
Psalms 96:5 – For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. (He was in the beginning.)
Psalms 96:10 – Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.” (He is in the present.)
Psalms 96:13 – … they will sing before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. (He will be in the future.)
I know that God has proven Himself in my past and in generations past. There is proof laced throughout the Old Testament of His faithfulness, His promise, His trustworthiness. I also know that God is God of the future, of my future. He will be there for all my tomorrows, providing a way through or around trouble, as He has been faithful to do in my past. I am confident of His character in times past and times to come.
Why, then, do I struggle with letting Him be God of my present? Why do I stubbornly fend for myself instead of leaning on and trusting in Him? He wants my life–He wants me to surrender my life to His will. I know that He loves me and that His plans are infinitely better than anything I could prepare for myself! I know this, but the struggle remains.
Psalms 90:2 – Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
Lord, I know Your help of the past, and I trust fully in Your hope of the future. Help me to surrender my present to You each day. Amen.
My month of reading Psalms and Proverbs every day has expired, and I have learned so much. If you desire to know God better, to understand the condition of man, to learn lessons of wisdom, to read inspiring examples of faith–if you seek to know any of this, I highly encourage you to spend time in Psalms and Proverbs. If you read one chapter of Proverbs and five Psalms every day, you can read through both books in one month.
I’m working on posts that will detail what I learned in October about God and man as I immersed myself in these two books of God’s Word. From Psalms, I learned all about God, answering these questions: who is God? what has He done/does He do? when has God existed? and where is God? From Proverbs, I learned all about man, focusing most particularly on matters of money, love/the heart, wisdom, youth, folly, sin, laziness, women, and pride.
Of course, there is always more to learn, so I am repeating this exercise, re-reading these two books this month. As October came to an end, I prayed fervently: what next, God? The clear answer: again. There is still much to learn.
I hope you will join me as I write about my exploration of Psalms and Proverbs. I will categorize these posts under “From Psalms and Proverbs” to make them more accessible.