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A holistic ministry ministering to individuals and the entire family through preaching, teaching, and spiritual discipline as taught through the word of God.

Meditations

Join us as we journey through the 2022 Lenten Season. Between March 2nd and April 17th, we will Fast and Pray every Wednesday. The fasting period will begin at 12 am and end at 6 pm. During this period we will collectively pray at 6 am, 12 pm, and 6 pm using the morning conference line (518-351-9376). You may only consume water or 100% juice during this period. Note: If you take medication and require food, please eat a light meal if possible. We will not be fasting Thursdays through Tuesdays, but we will still collectively pray at 6 am. We encourage you to give up something as a sacrifice to God during this journey. Mediations will be posted daily to our website and FaceBook page. When you feel like giving up, think of Jesus' sacrifice for us, and let that be your motivation through this period.

“Oh God, Our Help In Ages Past” by Isaac Watts

by Dr. Zelda Robinson on March 9, 2022

This hymn, written by a teenage Isaac Watts, reflects on the 90th Psalm. The psalm is attributed to Moses, the leader of the Israelites out of Egypt. The psalm is a “prayer of Moses.” As Moses looks back over the years, back to God’s call of Abraham, God’s hand was always at work. Moses recalls a God who had always been a shelter and a refuge for His people.
“Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” Psalm 90:1-2

As Moses reflects back on God’s providential care, Mr. Watts reminds us today, God has always been there protecting us, even when we did not know we needed Him. The psalm and the hymn offer hope to us, that we can depend on God. It is a strong message of assurance and promise. That assurance is founded in the fact that God is, “from everlasting to everlasting. He is our shelter from the stormy blast and our eternal home.” The lyrics declare that God is “our help in ages past, our hope for years to come.” Our hope rest in the fact that God is eternal, He never changes, we can depend on Him. He is all-encompassing and enduring, our help and our strong tower. God is all-sufficient, a strong defense, now and forever. As we look back over our lives, no matter how old or young, God has been faithful through all our ups and downs. We can celebrate that. He has been and is our help in weakness, our hope in times of despair, our shelter in the storms of life and our eternal home, now and forever.

The hymn points to the fact that God is not limited by time. He inhabits eternity. God is outside of time.  Even when we no longer exist, God will still be God.
 
O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home;

Under the shadow of thy throne Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is thine arm alone, And our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood, Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting thou art God, To endless years the same.

A thousand ages in thy sight are like an evening gone,
Short as the watch that ends the night, Before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever-rolling stream, Bears all its sons away;
They fly forgotten, as a dream Dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come,
Be thou our guard while troubles last, And our eternal home.

"Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. 2 Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. 3 You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.” 4 A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by,or like a watch in the night. 5 Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death—they are like the new grass of the morning: 6 In the morning it springs up new, but by evening it is dry and withered." Psalm 90:1-6

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Posted by Kimberly on March 09, 2022
My God a very present help in our time of need. Bless the Lord.
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