God is Our Refuge and Strength

God is Our Refuge and Strength

Our family sang Psalm 90 together this morning in family worship. It’s a prayer that begins with these words of faith:
“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. Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God” (Ps. 90:1-2).
In the same psalm, we’re reminded of the brevity and the fragility of human life. We’re reminded that God is executing His judgments upon the earth, and that we need a heart of wisdom to number our days. But the psalm also reminds us that we can be confident that God has not changed. He remains our Rock and our dwelling place. He remains the everlasting covenant God, who will have compassion on His people, though we may endure chastening for a season. Nevertheless, He chastens those whom He loves (Prov. 3:12; Heb. 12:6). He will cause His work of salvation to appear to His servants. He will establish the work of our hands for us (Ps. 90:16).
On Sunday evening, I was unexpectedly asked to preach at Covenant Community Church in Taylors, SC. I was greatly encouraged to see over 100 people gathered together for worship, desiring to be together in the presence of God to hear the very voice of God in the preaching of the Word. In that sermon, I urged the church to consider carefully the events of the past week. I urged the church to fall upon their faces in humble dependence upon the Lord, but also to take courage and to fix their eyes of faith upon the Lord Jesus Christ, with whom our lives are hidden in God. We have been reconciled to God and can therefore live in this world without fear, offering the hope of the Gospel to those who are without comfort because they have not believed on the only Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I would encourage you to use this time well, devoting yourself to prayer and to the Word of God. You may wish to view the Sunday evening worship service at Covenant Community OPC here:
I would also strongly recommend two other sermons preached this past Lord’s Day. The first was the morning service at Heritage OPC in Royston, GA, where I attended morning worship. Pastor Mike Myers led the congregation of well 0ver 100 people very well. He reminded us that worship is the greatest priority in this life or the next. He also read a wonderful prayer by John Knox during the announcements time before worship. I commend that entire service to you, but sadly, only the audio is posted on Sermonaudio here:
The second sermon is that of my former pastor, Peter Van Doodewaard. He preached from Revelation 5, the opening of the scroll by the Lamb who is worthy of all worship and praise. I highly commend it to you as you seek to prepare yourselves for difficult and trying days ahead, but remembering that these events are the gracious hand of our God toward us, the God who is working all things together for our salvation. You may access that service here:
Please pray for the elders as we seek to comfort, strengthen, and shepherd the flock of Christ, and as we seek to minister the Word faithfully at a time when the ministry of the Word is the very greatest need this world has.
I am home and am available by phone, text message, or email. I am also willing to minister to you personally and to pray with you if that is your desire.
May the Lord comfort His people and use us as witnesses of His truth and grace.

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