Thursday, July 31, 2014

Psalm 145:13

One of the most encouraging aspects about our Lord is the fact that he is eternal.  He has had no beginning and he has no end.  He is a timeless being who is not bound by limitations due to time and space.  All that exists was created and is sustained by him.  For those reasons all that exists belongs to him.  He is King and Ruler, of all.  And we do not want to miiss the truth that he is a benevolent sovereign, a loving King who is King of all.  Combine those two truths together and we get what the Psalmist is praising God for in Psalm 145:13.  “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations.”

The point upon which the Psalmist’s mind rests is the eternity of the divine throne,—“thy reign is a reign of all eternities.” The Lord’s kingdom is without beginning, without break, without bound, and without end. He never abdicates his throne, neither does he call in a second to share his empire. None can overthrow his power, or break away from his rule. Neither this age, nor the age to come, nor ages of ages shall cause his sovereignty to fail. Herein is rest for faith. “The Lord (sits as) King forever.” “And thy dominion (endures) throughout all generations.” Men come and go like shadows on the wall, but God reigneth eternally. We distinguish kings as they succeed each other by calling them first and second; but this King is Jehovah, the First and the Last. Adam in his generation knew his Creator to be King, and the last of his race shall know the same. All hail, Great God! Thou art ever Lord of lords![1]
We never have to wonder who is going to succeed our Lord.  We never have to worry about the goodness of the one to follow because the One who reigns now will reign forever and has reigned forever.  Furthermore, he has demonstrated his grace and mercy and love in a manner that can never be exceeded and leaves no room to doubt just how benevolent a Sovereign we serve.

Other kingdoms have perished, and shall perish: but this shall endure for ever. Though it is as “a stone cut out without hands,” and neither founded nor supported by human power, it “shall break in pieces all other kingdoms, and shall stand for ever and ever.” “The gates of hell (with all their policy and power) shall never prevail against it;” no, nor against the (least) subject in it. Nay, when “the earth, and all that is therein, shall be burnt up and utterly dissolved,” this kingdom shall continue in its utmost vigour; nor shall its prosperity languish as long as God himself shall endure.[2]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (2009). The treasury of David: Psalms 120-150 (Vol. 6, p. 380). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.
[2] Simeon, C. (1836). Horae Homileticae: Psalms, LXXIII–CL (Vol. 6, p. 488). London: Samuel Holdsworth.