Reasons to Love the Bible’s Book of Psalms, Reason 2, Forever

There is no other book in the Bible that refers to eternity more than the Bible’s book of Psalms. Believe me, I counted them. I found at least 118 references to eternity, forever, and everlasting in the Psalter.

Let’s start with a verse many will recognize, Psalm 23, verse 6: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

This verse reminds us that there is this life and then there is the life to come, which is eternal. It’s just like another well-known verse, Psalm 121, verse 8: “The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and even forevermore.”

Then there is Psalm 103:15-17: “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. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children.”

Since the Lord’s love is everlasting and we are the object of the Lord’s love, we who are as transitory as the flowers of the field, will also last forever.

Psalm 136 wins the award for the most references to eternity. This psalm has 26 verses and every one of ends with the following line: “For his steadfast love endures forever.”

This is just a small sampling of the numerous times that the Psalter refers to eternity. And time and again we are reminded that our only hope for eternity is in the Lord.

 

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