The Works of

Rev. Prof. Dr. F.N. Lee

9 June

The Lord changes not, and His years have no end!

Psalm 102:25-28

‘The Lord beheld the Earth…, to loosen those that were appointed to death…. He weakened my strength…. He shortened my days…. From of old, You have laid the foundation of the Earth and the Heavens…. They shall perish!… All of them shall get old!… But You are the same, and Your years shall have no end! The children of Your servants shall continue!’ Psalm 102:19-28.

Calvin comments: “‘Jehovah has looked down from the Heavens!’… The Prophet contemplates the deliverance…. The people…long before…were dragged into captivity…. At the same time, deliverance had been promised them — and the time specified to be, after the lapse of seventy years….

‘(Jehovah looked down) to hear the groaning of the prisoner’…. The godly, he calls…’prisoners’… Yes, he affirms a little after, ‘that they were devoted to death’ — to give them to understand that their life and safety would altogether have been hopeless, had they not been delivered from death by the extraordinary power of God….

“The inspired bard…does not lay hold on merely a part of the subject, but carries forward the grace of God even to its consummation…. The manifestation of Christ was the goal of the race which God’s ancient people were running…. As if they had said: ‘Lord, You have promised us life not for a few days or for a month or for a few years — but until You should renew the whole world and gather all nations together under the dominion of Your Anointed One!’….

“The comparison between His eternal existence and the brief duration of human life, is introduced…. Yet, when He sees that men pass away as it were in a moment and speedily vanish, it moves Him to compassion…. The brief span of human life…falls away so swiftly! How many generations of men have passed away since the creation, while the Heavens still continue?… And yet, neither the long period during which the Heavens have existed…will exempt them from perishing!… To whatever quarter we turn our eyes, we will see everywhere nothing but ground for despair — till we come to God!…

“True believers, as they are regenerated by the incorruptible seed, shall continue to live after death…. Let us not hesitate, although we may be environed with innumerable deaths, to cast the anchor of our faith in Heaven — so that the stability of our welfare may rest in God!”

Calvin also says in his Institutes II:10:15: “‘The Heavens…shall perish…. They shall be changed. But You are the same, and Your years shall have no end. The children of Your servants shall continue!’…(Psalm 102:25-28). If, notwithstanding the destruction of the Heavens…, the godly cease not to be established before God…, their salvation is connected with His eternity!”

Finally, Calvin says in his Psychopannychia: “Let us…listen to a Prophet!… ‘He has shortened my days’…. The Heavens…too are verging on destruction…. ‘But You are, and Your years shall not end! The sons of Your servants shall…be established before You!’ (Psalm 102:24-28).” The Lord changes not, and His years have no end! Therefore, His children too shall live for ever! And you?