Psalm 100 famously says: “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise: be thankful unto him and bless His name. For the Lord is good; and His mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures to all generations.” So, in faith and obedience to this Word, we have come this morning. We have just entered into His gates with thanksgiving and praise. We are thankful to Him, and we have blessed His name. We have just sung that Jesus is the Lord and King over all. He is the God of truth and love. He has purged our sins. He rules earth and heaven and holds the keys of death and Hell. He sits at God’s right hand until all His foes submit and fall beneath His feet. And we rejoice in glorious hope because our Lord, the Judge shall come.
This is what we have just sung. This is the hope that we have just proclaimed. This is the Lord’s goodness and mercy that is unstoppable, unquenchable, everlasting and will endure to all generations. This promise, this announcement, this truth does not change and cannot change. It was true for the generations that came before us, it is true for our generation, and it will be true for the generation after us when every one of us is buried in our grave and every single generation to come. His truth endures to all generations.
Today, we gather in the presence of the Living God despite civil unrest, despite terrorists, despite Supreme court rulings, despite horrific loss, despite sickness and pain, despite death of loved ones, despite the fact that we are tiny specks of dust in a mindblowingly enormous universe. What matters is not what we are afraid of, what matters is not what might happen next, what matters is not what others think of us, what matters is the Word of God. All flesh is grass and the glory of man like a flower of grass that withers and fades away, but the word of the Lord endures forever. And this word is the gospel of Jesus Christ: the death, burial, and resurrection of the Son of God to destroy all sin and death and renew all things. None of this has changed. Nothing can put our Lord Jesus back in the grave. Our God sits enthroned forever, and His word endures for all generations.