Constant, Reflective, and Shining (Meditation on Psalm 119:89-91)
Forever O LORD, Your Word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You have established the earth, and it stands fast. By Your appointment they stand this day, for all things are Your servants. Psalm 119: 89-91
I have lived all over this country and have had the privilege of experiencing some pretty grand sights. I remember my college years in Hawaii going to the beach in Kaneohe to study on Sunday afternoons. The waves never stopped rolling in and crashing onto the sand. I remember all the years living in Colorado and waking up each morning to look out of my westward facing bedroom window and seeing the snowcapped Rocky Mountains grandly declaring God’s glory. Now, in Dover, I’ve stolen out onto the beach at night to lay under the stars and have watched meteor showers scream across the black sky like a divinely planned firework show. No matter where I’ve been or what stage of teen, young mom, or middle-aged woman I’ve been, God’s creation has stood fixed, obedient to His word.
God’s word never changes. It is firmly fixed in the heavens and will remain so. I can count on the waves continuing to crash, the mountains standing, and the stars traveling across the sky, just as I can continue to count on God doing the things He has promised He would do.
Verse 91 tells us that all things are God’s servants. Those waves crash out of obedience to the LORD and what He has declared they would do. And just as God’s word maintains order in the cosmos, it provides order for human life as well.
In Matthew 22: 37-40 Jesus gives a summary of all the laws and teachings of the prophets when He commands us to love God and love others. How can we learn to love God? I mean really love Him? We dive in and swim through His word, absorbing it…abiding in it. Taking delight in Him as we learn His names, His character, and His commands. There is security in knowing what is expected. There is joy in knowing He has sent the Holy Spirit as a helper on our journey. There is peace in being obedient to our Creator. The second half of those Matthew verses tell us to love our neighbors. This goes right along with Jesus’ last command – the great commission found in Matthew 28: 19-20. We are to take this love we have of God and share it with others. We are to make more disciples from image bearers. We are to be multiplying fruitfulness, teaching others to obey.
Remember verse 91? All things are God’s servant. All creation. That means you and me. We are to be just as constant as the waves in our praise of Him. We are to be just as reflective of His glory as the mountains. We are to be shining as a beacon of hope for eternity like the stars.
My prayer for us is that we would have confidence in our Sovereign LORD to command us through our days, and in response that we would delight to obey Him.