Kingdoms Rise, Kingdoms Fall


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“In the beginning God . . . (Genesis 1:1).”  What a powerful introduction about introduction!  At the very point of the creation process was God, already existent.  He is in His own self-description to Moses, “I Am: I am the One who was, who is, and who will be (Exodus 3:14).”  This too is reinforced by Hebrews 3:8 which notes that God is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

This ever-present, unchanging God is eternal.  We may be “everlasting,” from our creation and then through this life and the life to come, but God is beyond time.  Psalm 90: 1-4 reads,

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.” A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.”

The passages and reflections above are the inspirations for the verses below.


Kingdoms Rise, Kingdoms Fall

Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall,

The things of man are ne’er the same,

But God, You are the Forever One,

It says so in Your very name.


Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall,

Our fortunes ebb and flow each day,

But God, You are our All-in-all,

A haven in which to stay.


Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall,

Our lives like drifting sand,

You’re the same now and evermore,

Our constant place to dwell and stand.


Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall,

But you O’ Eternal One,

Have promised us life through your only Son,

The everlasting victory has been won.








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