Another Year Is Dawning

Thou crownest the year with thy goodness. (Psalm 65:11)

Another year has passed and what a different year it has been than anyone would have imagined at its beginning! Very few people are living their lives today as they had planned a year ago. It has been said that the only constant in life is that nothing remains constant. That may be generally true but not absolutely so. One thing that has been constant is God’s faithfulness! He has blessed us with many blessings and promises to continue to do so until the end of time.

David says God “crowns the year with His goodness”. The word translated ‘crown’ means “to surround”. God has surrounded His creation with goodness. He provides for all His creation and waters the hills with His rain to bring forth food. He presides over all that happens. Nothing, either good or evil, happens without God knowing!

God protects His church and Jesus said that not even the gates of hell shall prevail against it! His presence is ever with His people, “for he hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Heb. 13:5,6)

Finally, He promises that one day His people will one day be with Him forever! What will the new year bring us? None of us know. But I do know this; that God will remain faithful and He will never go back on His Word. In our church we love to sing the grand old hymns of the faith. A favourite of mine is this one. May its truths both challenge and comfort you.

Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
In working or in waiting, another year with
Thee;
Another year of progress, another year of
praise,
Another year of proving Thy presence all the
days.

Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,
Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy
face;
Another year of leaning upon Thy loving
 breast;
Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

Another year of service, of witness for Thy love,
Another year of training for holier work above;
Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
On earth or else in Heaven, another year for
Thee!