He SHALL Continue
His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun. And men shall be blessed in Him; All nations shall call Him blessed. Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who only does wondrous things! And blessed be His glorious name forever! And let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen. — Psalm 72:17-19 NKJV
Something struck me when I read this today. It stopped me in my tracks, actually. It literally MADE me pause in His presence and really take in what I was reading.
His name SHALL endure forever.
His name SHALL continue as long as the sun. Men SHALL be blessed in Him. Nations SHALL call Him blessed. This isn’t a nice statement. This is a reality.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve skipped over these verses dozens of times. I love vulnerability, so allow me a moment of raw honesty here. There are times when I just want the juicy verses that point directly to my situation or what I’m praying into at that moment in time. Sometimes I read over scriptures such as “…let the whole earth be filled with HIs glory…” and I think thoughts to myself such as, “Yeah, yeah…the earth will be filled with Your glory. But where is a verse to help me with my current need?” It’s as if my eyes don’t see what’s right there in front of them. I’m sure we’ve all done this.
Reading this today, however, I felt so challenged as my eyes were opened! I’m always looking for scripture to declare over my circumstances…or to bring peace…or to give me direction…and yet everything I need to know is RIGHT HERE: His name SHALL endure forever. His name SHALL continue as long as the sun. Men SHALL be blessed in Him. Nations SHALL call Him blessed.
Hebrews says that the Word is living and active, sharper than a sword and able to discern between what is Spirit and what is soul (4:12). We need scripture. We need every single sentence, every single word.
The Bible is alive, and in it is LIFE.
Life isn’t found in just the few scriptures that speak to us at particular moments, but in every single portion that is written.
As I stopped to pause in His presence, my heart was so encouraged to read this truth! The reality is that regardless of what things look like in the natural, the name of the Lord shall endure forever. Nothing can change this – not pandemics, not job loss, not fear or government or chaos or riots – nothing at all can change the fact that His name shall endure “as long as the sun.”
The next portion of scripture says that we SHALL be blessed! I may not feel blessed. I may not see blessings around me, and I may not be aware yet of how the blessings will come. Yet the promise still stands, God’s people shall be BLESSED IN HIM! And He shall be called blessed by the nations. What a promise to hold to!
The Lord only does “wondrous things.” When we fix our thoughts on that, and allow ourselves to take in the LIFE found in this small passage of scripture, we can rest assured the truth is that the Lord shall continue to BE, and we can be confident in Him no matter what swirls around us.
He SHALL endure!
— Mandy Woodhouse