“But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever; you are remembered throughout all generations… Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord: that he looked down from his holy height; from heaven the Lord looked at the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die, that they may declare in Zion the name of the Lord, and in Jerusalem his praise, when peoples gather together, and kingdoms, to worship the Lord… Of old you laid the foundation 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.” Psalm 102:12,18-22,25-28
The subtitle for this psalm is “A prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the LORD.” In all his distress, he finds hope and strength in “but You..,” the eternal reign of almighty God, His sameness throughout all generations, millennia past and future. In the midst of strife within and without, there is solid comfort knowing that the LORD’s throne is established and cannot be shaken, and that what He has fixed will be certain forever.
There is nothing like a newborn to remind us that God is faithful from one generation to the next, that His gift of life spans beyond our comprehension. A precious new life is a piece of offspring that will be told the story of God’s deliverances and wonders, and will carry it on. God is remembered through His recorded truth, and through His supernatural, delightful ways within families and nations and history that are told and retold. When we welcome a little child, we are stewards of this responsibility to record and recount the greatness, the transcendence, the affectionate and personal involvement of God the Creator with His creatures.
From generation to generation we are the people He loves, hears, watches, frees unto eternal life. We declare His praises by living His nature, promoting His example, telling His story, and those praises take on a life of their own, themselves a living generational cord that is held fast and passed along in fellowship and worship. The God Who laid the earth’s foundations and upholds it by His power is the God Who by grace establishes, secures, and continues generations among His people. This limitless and infinite LORD, Who is from everlasting to everlasting, has chosen us, delighted in us, and places His Spirit in us that we might bear His light and message of freedom to family, people, and nations. (Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 42:1,5-7; John 10:10; Colossians 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:3)
How devoted am I to passing along His story? What evidence is there in how I serve and love and speak that my God is a LORD of generations?
Father, forever enthroned in my heart, may Your reign be evident to those You have entrusted to me. May I faithfully praise You to the next generation, that they will also.