5 Jan 2020
Dear church family
As we begin the new year 2020, let us trust in the sovereign Lord’s grace and goodness and let us rest in the eternal God’s love and power. The Psalmist declared confidently, “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90:1-2)
The hymn-writer Isaac Watts faced difficult circumstances and uncertain times in the 18th century. As Isaac Watts read the Scriptures, Psalm 90 ministered deeply in his heart. Expressing the thoughts of Psalm 90:1-5, he composed this wonderful hymn “Our God, our Help in ages past”. In the first stanza, Isaac wrote such words of trust and comfort, “Our God, our Help in ages past, our Hope for years to come, our Shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal Home.” What a wonderful reminder that God is our faithful Help, our secure Hope, our strong Shelter and our eternal Home. God does not change and He stands above human time, for He is the everlasting God. May this hymn encourage and strengthen your heart.
Many of us will face challenges, uncertainties, struggles and fears in the new year ahead. In the midst of the heavy storms of life and the restless turmoil of this world, may we rest secure in the Lord God Almighty, who is our dwelling place in all generations. Let us hope in God and trust his loving grace, because from everlasting to everlasting, He is the eternal mighty God.