7 January 2018

Dear family in Christ

As the Psalmist remembered the sovereign Lord’s grace and goodness to His people Israel, he declared in Psalm 90:1-2, “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.”

The well-known 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. Paraphrasing the words and 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 comforting words, “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 great 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 the six stanzas of this hymn encourage and strengthen your heart.

As we start the new year 2018, many of us may face challenges, uncertainties, struggles and fears. In the midst of the heavy storms of life and the difficult turmoil of this world, may we rest secure in the Lord God Almighty, who is our dwelling place in all generations. Let us trust in God and hope in his loving grace, because from everlasting to everlasting, He is the eternal mighty God.

Pastor John