In Psalm 78:12-16 the Israelites were recounting what God had done in the past; yet they doubted what God could do in the future. They said in verses:
12, “Marvelous things did He in the sight of their fathers.”
13, “He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and He made the waters to stand as a heap.”
14, “In the daytime also He led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light by fire.”
15, “He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths.”
16, “He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused water to run down like rivers.”
And yet as you read Psalm 78:19-20, they doubted that the God who cared for them in the past would care for their needs in the present as well as in the future. “Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? Behold, He smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the stream overflowed; can He give bread also? Can he provide flesh for His people?” How sad! The miracles of the past stood by themselves, yet it did not affect their faith in the present nor in the future.
Here are two believers,
One says, “God did it once; I wonder if He will do it again?’
One says, “God did it once; I have learned what He is like, and I know, praise God, He will do it again.”
Here are two churches,
The one church says with doubt, “God did some marvelous things in our church in the past; we wonder if He will do the same in the future?”
The other church says, praise God, “Our God provided for us in the past; He will provide for us in the future.”
Let us look at what Psalm 102:24-27 is telling us. In verse 24 we read, “I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.” In this passage the Hebrew word for God is “Elohim.” Literally the writer is saying “O my Elohim, O my powerful, almighty creator God deal with me, don’t destroy me.”
In verses 25-26 we read, “Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. (26) They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:” One day this world which God created will become old and He will change its appearance like we change clothes.
Now to verse 27 where the writer still speaking about God says, “But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.” Did you notice the word “SAME” in verse 27? This Hebrew word “HUA” means the changeless one. Thus we could read, “Thou Elohim art the hua, even though everything around us changes as it decays and finally perishes thou my creator God remains the same, thou CHANGES NOT.”
In the hour of this writer’s deepest need; in the hour of his personal crises, he cries unto God who CHANGES NOT. Praise God, our God is the same today as He was yesterday and as He will be tomorrow. In James 1:17 we read, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
In the great YESTERDAY of world history, He provided for us, saw us through and answered our prayers.
In the TODAY He is the one, who is ever interceding for us at the right hand of God’s throne.
In the TOMORROW the Lord of YESTERDAY and TODAY will be the Lord of the TOMORROW providing for us, loving us, forgiving us and answering our prayers.
Amen and Amen, as Hebrews 13:8 tells us, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”
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