Sunday, June 28, 2009

God is Eternal; Man is Mortal

In a week that has been marked by celebrity deaths, including the untimely passing of television pitchman Billy Mays earlier today, we are all reminded of the sacredness and fraility of human life. In my daily Bible reading today I read Psalm 146. I thought this was a telling reminder of the temporal conditions of our time here on Earth and the eternal, limitless, just, compassionate, omnipotent and omnipresent nature of our God.

Here is what Psalm 146 says:
1 Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul.

2 I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

3 Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.

4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.

5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God,

6 the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them — the LORD, who remains faithful forever.

7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free,

8 the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous.

9 The LORD watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

10 The LORD reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD.

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