THIS WEEK: Psalm 119 – Benefits of the Word!
Wednesday of this week I tried a new walking trail that I hadn’t walked on before. Not far past where I started I came across a perhaps the oldest public cemetery in Georgetown, TX. Situated on the banks of the San Gabriel River, just a short distance from the old down town, the plot of ground was used from 1840-1902 as the city cemetery. “Many pioneer citizens lie buried here” most today in unmarked graves.
Creepy? Perhaps (After all, it was a few days after Halloween!)
Sobering. For sure.
One day I too will be in a grave, perhaps marked for a while, but 100 years later perhaps the stone will be missing or a passing walker will stare at the faded headstone and wonder “What was his story?”
Moses said our time on this earth is “Seventy or eighty years, if we have the strength” (Psalm 90:10).
But those years are given to connect to that which is eternal.
My curiosity of those who walked the same ground I was 170 years ago drifted to wondering if I will get to meet any of them one day in heaven. Who was the infant who died on the day of their birth? Who was the young child whose years were only eight? What was the experience of those over whose remains I walked not even knowing they were there? Did they fight in the Civil War or know someone who did? More importantly, did their temporal story intersect with the eternal? I pray so.
God’s Word transcends every generation. It communicates to us ETERNAL truth, not just temporal wisdom. It is the message and meaning to life and eternity that God desires all people to come to know and believe.
It’s perhaps weird and creepy for some to stroll through a cemetery…it communicates death and finality. And so you might stay away from it.
How different is strolling through the pages and truths of Scripture…they are life and eternity!
Psalm 119:89-91 puts it this way:
89 Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures.
91 Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you.
Everyone has a story…you do to. One day it’s last chapter will be written on this earth. Let that day be the first of your heavenly story…because God connected your story to his eternal truth found in his Word!
Apply: Remember that every time you read a portion of Scripture you are reading something that has endured for over 2000 years! But it’s not just past history, it is current and eternal truth…so pick up the Bible and stroll through the eternal truth it contains.
Prayer: LORD, thank you for the time you are giving me on this earth. May each day be a day I connect to your eternal truth and my eternal story found only in you and your love and grace given to me in Jesus Christ, AMEN.