From Pastor’s Desk: 10-2-16
Psalm 103:17 …from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children–
By definition, everlasting is “…lasting or enduring through all time: eternal,” which is, of course, unfathomable to the human mind, as we cannot relate to infinity.
We can, however, believe in infinity, in that, from today’s verse, we can have faith in God’s everlasting love for those who fear Him. Add to that Romans 8:31, 38-39, “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”… “I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
One would look at this promise and get ecstatic over it. But we must consider that this, as well all promises of God, is conditional. Tacked on the end of the thought, after the man-made break between verses, verse 18 states the condition: “…of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!”
Even with God’s love (mercy) being everlasting to everlasting, and even with nothing being able to separate us from that love, there is still the qualifying condition of being faithful to His covenant and obeying His commandments. There is still the fact that we must accept Christ Jesus as Savior to have “everlasting to everlasting” applied.