…You are the same, and your years have no end. Psalm 102:27
“Fixed” can mean that something broken has been repaired. It also means not subject to change or fluctuation. Securely placed or fastened.
The fuller quotation of Psalm 102 shows that God’s permanence is contrasted with the foundations of the earth and the heavens.
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. Psalm 102:25-27
In the times of the Bible, there was no GPS, and pathways were defined by geological features. Mountains and riverbeds for sure, even large, prominent trees showed the way. But how could the seas be navigated? The stars were so “fixed” that sailors learned to use their position to navigate the vast trackless seas. Navigators eventually developed a device called a sextant to ascertain latitude and longitude from the positions of the stars.
For the ancients, the features of the earth and the positions of the stars were the most “fixed” things they were aware of. What does God say of them? Look at Psalm 102 above: They will perish, they will wear out like a garment, You will change them like a robe, they will pass away.
The Psalmist contrasts them with God Himself: You will remain, you are the same, your years have no end.
In this Tuesday’s devotional, Pastor Andy quoted Carey Nieuwhof who said: “I think the new normal is uncertainty.”
We have been “navigating” our lives with things we thought were fixed: Daily and weekly activities and gatherings (Sunday church services, Bible study, LIFE Group), seasonal holidays (Easter was sure different this year), family traditions (like celebrating birthdays and anniversaries), accomplishment celebrations (think graduations), and organized recreational activities (playing or attending baseball, soccer, etc.).
These things turned out not to be fixed at all. And to the extent to which we relied on them for security, to that extent we are made insecure by their absence.
Of all the things God is doing in the midst of these times, he is causing us to examine whether our faith was in him or in the “fixed” things that we have become accustomed to.
Two great “fixed” things that do not change from the final verses of Psalm 102:
- God himself: …You are the same, and your years have no end. (v. 27)
- The promises of his word: The children of your servants shall dwell secure;
their offspring shall be established before you. (v28)
So as we lift our prayers to the Father this morning, thank him that He is the Unchanging One. And if you are a parent/grandparent, claim his promise and thank him for his glorious assurance of security for your children and grandchildren.
For those who came last Saturday night for prayer at the church. Thank you!
We will do it again tonight. 7PM at the church.
As we are enjoined in Romans 12: Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
All grace to you,