1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
As this psalm opens, we are immediately struck with two verses that magnify for us the greatness, the eternality, and the glorious presence of God. The prayer/song opens with Moses declaring that God has been his people’s dwelling place in all generations. God is home for his people.
Remember that the people of God were very likely traveling through a wilderness, living in tents, and longing for a permanent home when this was sung. For forty years, the people of Israel wandered the desert. And it was in that time that God inspired their leader to say that God has been the dwelling place of his people.
This is true even now. Whether you have a large house or you sleep in your car, if you know God, the Lord is your home. This is true whether your life is easy or hard right now, God is your home. For the people of God alive right now and for those who have gone on before us, God is our home. When we die, heaven is home. But heaven is only our home because it is the place where God is. If God is not there, heaven is not heaven.
And this has been true of God for all generations. Though people have come and gone, though lives have begun and ended, the truth has always remained that God is home for his children. He does not move away. He does not leave us alone and exposed. He is our safety and shelter.
Then verse 2 takes an even bigger look at God. Before the mountains were born and before the earth came into being, God is God. Not only has he not changed over our lifetime, not only has he been the same through all generations, not only is God the same for more than the age of the mountains, even from before creation, God is God.
The best way it could be said is how Moses says it in the end of verse 2: From everlasting to everlasting, you are God. When God revealed himself to Moses by name, God called himself “I Am.” God is. He always is. He has always been and will always be. God is the one absolute constant beyond time and beyond creation. God is God. If you could draw a line back into the past, beyond where time began, God is. If you could draw a line into the future, beyond where time ceases to exist, God is. From everlasting, to everlasting, God is the I Am.
What should we do at this point? Christians, we should marvel. God is our God. God is our home. He is older than time itself. HE will be present forever. We are like wandering vagabonds, just passing through this world which is not our home. But God is our home, and he is eternal. Let this draw you to worship.
When a person first sees the ocean, he is amazed. When a person first sees the Grand Canyon she is in awe. Magnify that wonder by a million billion times, and you will start responding to the vastness of God in the right way. Wonder at God. Praise him for his glorious being.