Meditations for 2008

 As we approach the New Year, we are encouraged by the psalmist’s words, “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 90:2). At first thought, we mused over some new year’s resolutions that we might encourage ourselves and our readers to consider.  But we remembered many we have made in the past that were forgotten somewhere about January 2nd and cast our eyes to One who is more reliable for the year to come, even throughout eternity.

            Since God is from everlasting to everlasting we can be sure that He is not going anywhere in 2008.  He can not be killed.  He is not going on a vacation.  He is not going to be asleep when we call upon Him.  He is not going to evolve into something else.  Whatever we might say about God today is the same thing that could have been said about Him on the first day of creation, yea, even before He created the universe.  The psalmist does not say that He is trying to be a God or He wants to be a God.  His words are clear, He has always been God and He has not changed.

            In the midst of a changing world the Christian can find great comfort in this truth.  Though the stock market may change, God will not.  Though there may be talks of wars, disaster, famine, global warming and nuclear arms, God is in control of the universe, just as much today as He was the day He created it.

            Since God does not change, His redemptive work can never be altered.  Every person that Christ died for will spend eternity in glory with their God. If God were changeable we might doubt the eternal work of Christ.  But God has said, “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed” (Malachi 3:6).  What a blessing to realize that no matter what we might face in 2008, or the years to come, our salvation is sure and steadfast, as sure as our Lord who brought it to us by His grace.

            God always has been and always will be a dwelling place for His people.  His people have always run to His dwelling when they have found themselves in need.  In the same 90th psalm, we read in verse 1, “Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations”.  It brings a tear to the eye, when people pass by their old home-place and see it in ruins, perhaps removed forever.  They remember the many happy moments shared there by loving parents and a happy home, and realize they can never return.  But for this year, and all the years to come, our Lord will be in His dwelling place.  His family can visit every day, every moment. He does not change His mind or His place.

            We will close our thoughts today with one other attribute concerning our unchanging God: His faithfulness to His people, “Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.”(Psalm 89:33).  If you will read the verses that lead up to this statement you will find a sharp contrast.  The preceding verses speak of our unfaithfulness to Him.  We need to remember that in 2008.  Yes, we will fail.  We will fall short.  We will have doubts.  We will sin.  And we will be visited by our heavenly Father with His rod.  But thanks be to His holy name, He will not utterly take His lovingkindness from us nor will His faithfulness fail.  He will not desert us in 2008 or throughout eternity. He is my hope for 2008! Let us meditate upon His promises!

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