THE LORD SHALL ENDURE FOREVER
by Wayne S. Walker
“But You, O LORD, shall endure forever, and the remembrance of Your name to all generations” (Psalm 102:12). Nothing that we experience in this life endures forever. The first house in which I can remember my family lived has been torn down. I suspect that the first car I ever had was junked a long time ago and is either sitting buried in a landfill or has been recycled into something else. All those toys that I played with and were so important to me when I was little are gone; they no longer exist. However, there is one who does endure forever, and his remembrance will last to all generations.
The ancient pagan peoples worshipped a plethora of different “gods.” Many of the names of those “gods” are mentioned in the scripture–e.g., Zeus (or Jupiter) and Hermes (Mercury), which were Graeco-Roman “gods” (Acts 14:8-12). When we study the history of the world, we come across a lot of these names because most of those cultures provided written records of their religious beliefs and activities. However, while there are still a lot of people in the world who worship false gods today, no one believes in Zeus or Hermes. In that sense, they have been forgotten. But millions of people around the world still worship Jehovah, the God of the Bible.
Men have built monuments to themselves ever since history began to be recorded. God Himself even ordered the building of a monument (Joshua 4:9). Interestingly enough, so far as we know that monument is no longer there. Yes, some of the monuments that men have built, by the very nature of their construction, are still standing, such as the pyramids of Egypt. But so many of the wonders of the ancient world which were built as monuments to mankind are no longer here–the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. And other monuments of man that still exist–the Colosseum at Rome, the Parthenon at Athens, the Great Wall of China, and Stonehenge–are mere ruins. However, God still exists, and His throne is in heaven.
People have come and gone. The vast majority are forgotten in a few generations. Can you name your great-great-great-grandparents? “For the living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the moemory of them is forgotten” (Ecclesiastes 9:5). Some people are remembered, such as Julius Caesar and George Washington, but time has a way of erasing even more and more about them. Very few students in school nowadays read the Gallic Wars of Caesar. And while Washington’s image is still on our quarters and dollar bills, student history books in schools sometimes contain but a mere paragraph concerning his life, and there is a growing disdain for him as a “dead, white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant male” in the leftist academia which controls most of the educational establishment. Yet, while many of those same leftists also scoff at God, He remains and will continue forever.