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Friday, March 02, 2012

From Everlasting

This morning in my Bible reading I came across this familiar phrase in Psalms 93:2 - . . . . thou art from everlasting.

I am inclined to think that we could search all the vast libraries of the ages, examine the writings of all the sages that have ever crossed the stage of life and never discover a statement that is more profound than:

"thou art from everlasting"

The antecedent for "thou" is "LORD".  Jehovah, the Self-Existent One, I Am!

This one phrase challenges our intellect beyond its capacity to fathom.  It is a phrase that reveals and yet conceals all at the same time.  It tells us the LORD has always been (revelation) and also hints there is much we do not know about him (concealment).  It is an enigma that could only be true of the LORD.

Do not misunderstand.  We have revealed everything we need to know about him for now.  The Bible does not defend, it simply declares the existence of God and reveals many things about him.  But when we read in this inspired revelation, "thou art from everlasting" we are forced to recognize the existence of someone whose history is largely concealed from view.

We lose sight of him looking back from that lofty declaration "In the beginning God".  Yet even in that startling opening we are forced to ponder the presence of a divine being present at the beginning.  The seed is planted for the coming declaration in the Psalms, "thou are from everlasting".

Before there was a sunrise there was God.
Before there was a twinkling star there was God.
Before the mountains were established there was God.
Before the seas were formed there was God.
Before a breath was drawn there was God.

He was not only there he had always been there.  For me, it is easier to get to Revelation 22: 21 and think about God continuing to exist into infinity than to start at Genesis 1:1 and think about God having existed from infinity.  To realize that when the bible says, "In the beginning" the LORD had already existed forever!

This is simply deep!
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