He broke my strength in midlife, cutting short my days. But I cried to him, “O my God, who lives forever, don't take my life while I am so young! Long ago you laid the foundations of the earth and made the heavens with your hands. They will perish, but you remain forever; they will wear out like old clothing. You will change them like a garment and discard them. But you are always the same; you will live forever. The children of your people will live in security. Their children's children will thrive in your presence.” Psalm 102: 23-28 NLT
The psalmist again appeals to God's vanity and makes a direct comparison between God's life and his own. God has broken him before he has had a chance to grown old. He appears to be dying. The psalmist asks that God not take his life. He looks and recognizes that God will live forever. He sees that God has made all of creation. Yet, even all of nature will eventually pass away to give birth to the new. For God, nature is like a piece of clothing that is eventually cast off.
But the psalmist recognizes that, unlike this clothing, God is unchanging. God will live forever. God will continue to provide security and success for God's people.
It is almost as if the psalmist wants his own life to continue and at the same time recognizes that God will continue to be good to God's people long after his own last breath.
God, you are unchanging. Nature may change with the seasons and the years but you are still the same. You will continue to provide security and grace long after we have finished our lives on this earth. We praise you for your unchanging nature. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims