You Can't Measure Forever
My son is at an age where he is trying to quantify and measure things. His big thing right now is trying to figure out time. He uses his hands to measure out what he thinks you mean by a half hour, an hour, etc. He keeps using the word 'forever' as well when he wants something to continue. So when he was playing with his sister, he mentioned the word 'forever' and spread his hands wide. My daughter said to him, "You can't measure forever!"
I heard that comment and was immediately impressed by the wisdom of that statement.
We can't measure forever. Keep that in mind as you look at Psalm 100:5 which says, "The LORD is good. His mercy endures forever. His faithfulness endures throughout every generation"
I thank God that His mercy does last forever. I stand in need of His mercy and grace. The fact that God is eternal and His mercies are everlasting give me cause to sing with joy! In fact if you read all of Psalm 100, it speaks of just that:
A psalm of thanksgiving. "Shout happily to the LORD, all the earth. Serve the LORD cheerfully. Come into his presence with a joyful song. Realize that the LORD alone is God. He made us, and we are his. We are his people and the sheep in his care. Enter his gates with a song of thanksgiving. Come into his courtyards with a song of praise. Give thanks to him; praise his name. The LORD is good. His mercy endures forever. His faithfulness endures throughout every generation."
I can't read that passage without getting excited.
There is so much here but I want to point out just a few things.
Serve the Lord cheerfully - We shouldn't act as if serving God is like pulling teeth. We should do so cheerfully. In fact we should do EVERYTHING as unto the Lord. (Colossians 3:23) We should do whatever we put our hands to with a cheerful heart. In fact, it's good for us to do so! (Proverbs 17:22)
He Made Us - God is the creator of everything. People can debate the age of the earth and how we came into existence but the Bible says God did it. That's good enough for me.
We are His - God sent His Son and purchased us with a price, His own Sons life. I am glad that I recognized and accepted that gift.
We are His people, the sheep in His care - I praise God He truly does care for us, watches over us and guides us with His voice, His Word and His provision.
Yes the Lord is good and we have a reason to sing! We can't measure forever, but I am glad that I have the chance to spend forever with Him!