Sunday, 5 July 2020
Title: God is our Dwelling Place
By Elder Yu Chin Shie
1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
The heading of Psalm 90 : “ A prayer of Moses, the man of God “. Probably this psalm is the oldest of all the psalms because Moses lived long before David and Solomon and Asaph and the other authors of the psalms.
Moses had seen pharaohs live and die. Most likely he saw their tombs under the pyramids. Certainly he saw the anguish of many Egyptians who lost their firstborn in the tenth plague. And he saw the Egyptian soldiers who died at the Red Sea. All of them were laid to rest but none of them had God as their refuge, their home, their dwelling place. So who is Moses talking about in verse 1 of Psalm 90?
Moses is talking about all the believers he has written about in the first five books of the bible : Adam & Eve, Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham & Sarah, Isaac & Rebekah, Jacob, Joseph, Joshua, Caleb.
Moses is also talking about the children of Israel who were rescued from Egypt, taken across the Red Sea and led through the wilderness to the border of Canaan.
No matter where His people lived, whether in slavery in Egypt, in the hot Sinai desert, or in a land flowing with milk and honey, God was their dwelling place – their home, their refuge. They were like Abraham, who though he left his home in Ur of the Chaldees and dwelt in tents among the Canaanites, yet he had a shelter in God.
People of God “throughout all generations” have God as their dwelling place, their shelter, their home. As we reflect on Psalm 90:1, thank God all of us who are Christians, who have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord God Almighty is our dwelling place, our home, and our refuge. In the Lord Jesus, we find shelter, refuge, a safe haven we call home where He shelters, comforts, protects, preserves and cherishes us.
For those who are non believers, I urge you to put your trust in our Lord Jesus Christ and make Him your dwelling place.
We are reminded in verse 2 of an attribute of God – God is eternal. He is from Everlasting to Everlasting. His greatness is beyond our comprehension. He is the God of history. He is the God of creation. But beyond all that, He is God of eternity. He is above and beyond His creation. He is above and beyond time. He is greater than the universe He created. He existed before the universe.
I hope we hear the message of Moses to the children of Israel. Also, we hear the message we can all learn. That God, in Christ, is always our dwelling place. In Him, we can always find refuge and safety and security.
No matter what happens, no matter what enemies we face, no matter what calamities we are in, we will go through with Him by our side.
In Christ, none of us can ever be separated from God ( Romans 8:38-39). In Christ, we are safe and secure in our mighty and eternal God.
O God our Heavenly Father,
We praise you for being our dwelling place. In you, we know we can have your protection, provision and guidance in whatever situation in life we are in. Thank you for keeping us and our families safe during these last three months of MCO. We thank you that next Sunday, we all can be back to church to worship you. We continue to pray for those who are impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic either in their employment or businesses. May you help them in whatever situation they are in and provide for their physical needs.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
1 主啊， 祢世世代代作我们的居所。