The Name of the Lord

Ancient of Days
Thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took His seat...
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came
with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of Days,
and they brought him near before him. - Daniel 7:9, 13, 22

A Historical Perspective
He was 95 years old when he went home to be with the Lord. He was a spry, seasoned, and quick-witted retired pastor who sat under my ministry for four years. I savored his wisdom. He had the rich experience of many years of fruitful ministry. He had seen it all. He knew people. He had seen about every possible church conflict and with a twinkle in his eye would share his pearls from his vast storehouse of experience. He helped me put my present circumstances into proper perspective.

Another man was 967 years old when he went home to be with the Lord. His name was Methuselah. That is way beyond my ability to comprehend. His life spanned nearly a 1,000 years of human history. Talk about seeing it all. He would have seen life in the dark ages, a myriad of kings and kingdoms come and go. He would have witnessed the barbaric armies with bow and arrows and spears change to supersonic stealth fighters with laser guided precision bombs and global positioning satellites. He would have seen the invention of gun powder, electricity, gasoline engines, man's first flight, and the microwave oven and microcomputers. He would have survived the bubonic plague, Black Death, and the influenza epidemic. He would have seen Columbus discover America and man's landing on the Moon. What a balanced perspective on life he would have!

The Ancient of Days goes back even farther. He knows the beginning and ending of all things. Even creation itself is a newbie to Him. Daniel, the wisest man in Babylon, reveled at his years. God sits in the heavens un-assailed upon His throne while kingdoms wane and wander. He is unflustered, unruffled, unperturbed by earth's fleeting crises and catastrophes. He has seen it all, and been through it all. There is nothing new under the sun with Him. He is unflappable and wholly apart from history. "His goings forth are from old, from everlasting." - Micah 5:2

So what's your problem, pain, conflict or crisis, or spilled milk that is so hard to get over? He has seen it all and then some. Nothing perplexes Him. So he calls us to remembrance that he is "The Ancient of Days." His years fail not, and as vesture he will fold up this old world and move on. God's name, Ancient of Days, reminds us of the fleeting and passing nature of earth. God will last - hard times will not. Cling to the Ancient of Days when it looks like all of life will be blown away. He is an anchor. Cling to him.


SCRIPTURES

  • Psalm 41:13 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.
  • Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
  • Psalm 93:2 Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.
  • Psalm 103:17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
  • Psalm 106:48 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.
  • Proverbs 8:23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
  • Isaiah 63:16 Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.
  • Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
  • Habakkuk 1:12 Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction.
  • Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

HYMN

Ancient of Days, who sittest throned in glory,
To Thee all knees are bent, all voices pray;
Thy love has blessed the wide world’s wondrous story
With light and life since Eden’s dawning day.

Words: William C. Doane, 1886, 1892.

A CHORUS

Blessing and honor, glory and power
be unto the Ancient of Days
From every nation, all of creation,
bow before the Ancient of Days
Every tongue in heaven and earth
shall declare your glory
Every knee will bow at Your throne in worship,
You will be exalted, oh, God
and Your kingdom will not pass away,
Oh, Ancient of Days

© Gary Sadler & Jamie Harville, Integrity's Hosanna! Music, 1992.