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The Everlasting God

The Everlasting God

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BY CHARLES CARROLL ALBERTSON


" From everlasting to everlasting, thou art
God." (Psalm xc. 2.)

BY CHARLES CARROLL ALBERTSON


" From everlasting to everlasting, thou art
God." (Psalm xc. 2.)

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THE EVERLASTIG GODBY CHARLES CARROLL ALBERTSO" From everlasting to everlasting, thou artGod." (Psalm xc. 2.)Moses wrote this psalm. And so, chron-ologically, it belongs to the earliest litera-ture of the Bible. It would not be outof place in the book of Genesis; it mightproperly have been made the first chapterof the Bible, — a kind of foreword. Butas it was a hymn, set to music, and sungin the Temple service at Jerusalem, it isincluded in the Hebrew Hymnal. Ourbook of Psalms was the Jewish hymn-book.When Moses wrote this psalm we do notknow. It would be interesting to know, — whether amidst the luxuries of Pharaoh'spalace, in sight of the temples of Egypt's39THE EVERLASTIG GODgods, or among the meadows of Midian ashe watched the flocks of Jethro; whetherin the wilderness of wandering, havingpassed Sinai and Marah, or while theyahode at Kadesh, the turning-point of thenation's history, or whether in the valley,before he was led up to ebo to look acrossto Canaan, and to die with the kiss of Godupon his hps.
 
We have only internal evidence as to thedate of this composition. From the char-acter of the psalm it is not likely Moseswrote it while he was in Egypt. o manwhose life lay in the lap of luxury everwrote a poem like this. either was itwritten in Midian. It is not a pastoralpoem; a shepherd's life is too serene toinspire such a song. either is it a youngman's song. It is an old man's prayer, apilgrim's hymn. Miriam is dead. Aaronis dead. The pilgrim is left alone, bereft.He knows he is nearing the end of his journey; he thinks of all the way he has40THE EVERLASTIG GODbeen led. Israel's history, like a panorama,passes before him. He thinks of othernations and their history. The glory of Egypt is fading. Babylon is changingmasters. Empires are rising and falling;kings are being crowned and being buried.The world is like a kaleidoscope, — at everyturn new combinations are formed and newpictures presented. The psalmist asks him-self, " Is there nothing permanent, nothingthat does not change with time?" Hethinks of God. He thinks, " Amidst allthat is transient there is the Eternal.Amidst the fluctuating there is the fixed.There is something the mind can rest on,the heart can trust in, the life can buildon." Then he writes, " Lord, Thou hastbeen our dwelhng-place in aU genera-
 
tions."Wherever this psalm was written, when-ever, and by whomsoever, it is the song of a swimmer in the sea who has found land.It looked like an island at first, but he41THE EVERLASTIG GODdiscovers it is a continent. It is the songof a builder who has penetrated soil andsub-soil and clay and has come to thegranite. Doubt not he had been diggingdeeply before he found this rock. Howfar back into the past he must have lookedwhen he spoke of " all generations !" Back of his own personal history, the wearymarch, the sea, the plagues, the burning-bush, the slavery in Egypt, was Joseph;God had been his refuge. Back of Joseph,the fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob;God had been their refuge. Back of Abra-ham, oah; God was his refuge. Back of oah, Enoch, who had his dwelling-place in God. Back of the first man tobreathe the breath of life, creation, andback of creation, the Eternal Mind, whichforesaw the whole world-drama fromtime's beginning to time's end. Out of some such spiritual vision came the in-spiration of this psalm and this text.This psalm! Grand and simple; deep43

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