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 on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.
Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his word,
obeying the voice of his word!
Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
his ministers, who do his will!
Bless the Lord, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul! Psalm 103:15-22 ESV
A voice says, “Cry!”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:6-8 ESV
Many years ago, in 1220 in old England, people began to build the Salisbury Cathedral. The spire of the Salisbury Cathedral is the tallest one in England. It is 404 feet tall and weighs 6,400 tons. There are 332 steps up the tower, and you can see the surrounding countryside from the top. The main part of the cathedral is very tall and narrow, and beautifully made of dark polished marble and light gray stone. There is are many statues and lovely stained glass windows to look at. All over Europe are many old and beautiful churches like this. They were built to last a long, long time, much longer than people live. These buildings are a way of bringing a glory to God that continues on even though people die and new people are born, again and again. They are a way of saying that God’s glory lasts forever.
Psalm 103 reminds us that people are like grass. We only live for a short time, and then our time is over. Grass and meadow flowers die in the sun when the hot, dry wind blows over them. Grass that is so green and flowers that are so pretty in the spring soon turn brown and dry. We forget about the flowers after awhile, and after people die life goes on and most people forget about them after awhile. But God is different. He is the king forever and ever, and he never dies. People are born and people die, but for generation after generation the same God loves them and takes care of them. Psalm 103 calls on the angels to praise God, because angels don’t die and can give God glory all the time and forever.
God loves us and wants us to be his people, not only during our short lives on this earth, but also forever with him in our heavenly home. He sent Jesus to defeat death by dying on the cross and rising again from the dead. Because Jesus conquered death for us, our death isn’t the end. Death brings us into our heavenly home with God forever, where we join the angels and all those who belong to God and sing praises to him forever. Even a cathedral might fall down or be destroyed, but our lives with God will never end, because Jesus holds us and keeps us as his people.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us life forever in Jesus to praise you in heaven with the angels. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.