“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90:1-2 ESV)
Often whenever a parent is trying to teach their child about God, the child will ask – ‘Who made God?’ It seems only natural that if there is a God who made everything, someone had to make God. Yet the Bible tells us that God is eternal and therefore He had no beginning. The Bible says – “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) Before there was anything else, there was God. As scripture says of Christ – “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” (Col 1:16 ESV)
Many scoff at the notion of an eternal God. To them such a Being sounds like a myth or a fairy-tale. Yet the truth is, something in this universe has to be eternal. Either there is some part of the universe that is eternal and from it everything else has evolved; or there is a supernatural power that exists outside of the laws of this universe and has to power to create. The Bible tells that supernatural power is God.
Knowing that there is an eternal God who constantly watches over His creation is very comforting to me. We read from the Bible – “The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” (Deuteronomy 33:27 ESV) God not only created us, He cares for us.
Moses called God our ‘dwelling place.’ One translation refers to Him as our ‘home.’ Another translation says that God is our ‘refuge.’ In a world filled with so much uncertainty, it is good to know that God is always there and that He can always be trusted. We read from another psalm –
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. 6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah ESV
Note the word ‘Selah’ at the end of Psalm 46. Many believe that this ancient word meant for the musicians to pause for a moment so that the listeners could think about what has just been said. Strong’s Concordance defines Selah as to – ‘lift up or exalt.’
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The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Pause for a moment to take that in!