My husband and I just celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary! We entrusted our three little ones to our wonderful parents and went on a trip to enjoy some time together away from home and the everyday busyness and activity that we have been blessed to call our life. We had such a great time just being together! While we were there we spent quite a bit of time in the Word and one of the passages we meditated on was Psalm 119. As we read through it, two verses immediately caught my attention:
Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You established the earth, and it abides. Psalm 119:89-90
What struck me was the idea of permanence. In these two short lines are the words, forever, settled, endures, established, and abides. I saw four truths in this verse:
1. What God says IS – the matter is settled even in Heaven
2. God doesn’t change His mind – What He says is forever
3. God’s faithfulness endures – He is faithful even when we aren’t
4. God established the earth and it abides – God created the entire universe with just the words from His mouth and it is because of Him that the universe is still here. (I would be crazy not to depend on Him!)
My favorite line is, “Your word is settled in heaven.” When a matter is considered settled it means that there will be no more discussion – no room for further debate. When I read this line, I instantly picture a courtroom scene and I can almost hear the judge banging his gavel on the wooden block. The ultimate Judge banged His gavel for me twice in my lifetime. First and most importantly, the moment I realized I was a sinner in need of a Savior. As a child, someone told me that the Bible says Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again on the third day. I understood that if I believed what the Bible said and accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, He alone would allow me entrance into Heaven instead of what I deserved which is a ticket straight to Hell. As a child, I accepted that free gift and in that moment God banged His gavel and He adopted me as His own child. No matter what mistakes I have made since, (I have made many and they were not small) He will continue to be my Father. The matter is settled!
The second time God banged His gavel was the day my husband and I made a commitment before God and our family and friends to become one flesh. From that moment on our lives would be forever entwined. In fact the Bible says that when we marry it is God who joins us. My husband and I have had some rough times. There have been moments we wished we were not married but in the last five to six years we have really come to understand the beauty of a family centered on God. We don’t know what other trials are coming our way but we continue to trust in the Lord knowing that ten years ago, He established our family and in Him we will abide!
People in this world put their trust in all sorts of things: idols, religion, intellect, good works, jobs, people, money, cars, etc. but those things don’t compare to God. Only God is forever, only God’s word is settled in heaven, only God’s faithfulness endures, only God created the world, and only by Him does it continue. Your life on earth is not eternal but your soul is. You can place your precious soul in the hands of that which is not eternal and that which will eventually fail you, or you can trust in the only One who is eternal, faithful and able to save you.
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9