A Verse for Meditation

Torah ScrollThe steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him.  Psalm 103:17 NRSV 

The words of this verse follow an examination of the human condition:

As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. Psalm 103:15-16 ESV

  • What is the stark difference between a human being and God that is revealed in these two passages?

This verse is the beginning of a longer passage:

But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. Psalm 103:17-19

  • Due to this transcendent difference between God and humans, what is God able to do that is beyond our comprehension?
  • The focus verse, Psalm 103:17, is set between these two passages. How do the themes of the preceding verses and the following verses reflect on the central truth of Psalm 103:17?
  • What difference does it make to you that God’s love never ends, even after you have left this earth?
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