Two days ago I celebrated 8 years ago the love of my life went to heaven, while am so glad for her enjoying the presence of her Lord, there have been times when I have missed her so much. There is a song by Bethel Music that has been so helpful to me, the song is “The goodness of God”, the first verse says “I love you, Lord, for your mercies never fail me, all my days I’ve been held in your hands, from the moment that I wake up until I lay down, I will sing of the goodness of God”. Chorus, “All my life you have been faithful, all my life you have been so, so, good, with every breath that I am able, I will sing of the goodness of God”. As we continue to step into the new year, the goodness of God is something that I do not leave behind but enjoy every day. This is such a good way to look at this new psalm, Psalm 46 which has been such an encouragement to me. It is also important that we do not carry forward any disappointments of the past. I love the way the psalm commences “God is” this is something that we need now and as we consider this truth it will encourage us. Genesis 1:1 says: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”. John 1:1&2 says: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God”. It is very hard at times to understand this but truth says God was always, so because there is no starting point there is no ending point, “God is “. This is why I enjoy that song “All my life you have been so faithful”, when we retreat to our understanding we start to believe that God is like us, and nothing could be further from the truth. While in the beginning we were made in the image and likeness of God when sin came into the world sin separates us from God. This is why we need to be born again so that we can be “God-like” in the way that we live. Now let us look at in detail what the psalmist is saying when he said “God is”, Verse 1 says “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”. Over the last two years, we have had a great opportunity to experience this, however, unfortunately, I have observed many people caught up with miss- information and conspiracy theories which have caused them to fear and trust in themselves instead of turning to the refuge and strength of the Lord. This verse clearly states that “God is” present in the time of trouble, this is the great thing about God, He never changes and we have the opportunity to experience the nature of God in all situations especially those which we have not experienced before. This is one of the most exciting things about God – He is eternal while this may be new to us it is not new to God. He knows all about our situation, so we can confidently approach this new year with such great confidence.