A Holy Longing

Psalm 53:6 
 

Having said that one is a fool if one says in one's heart that there is no God, David clearly reveals that his heart beats loudly with the truth that there is an almighty God Whom he loves.

In Psalm 53:6 David brings this Psalm to a close with the words ''Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of His people, Jacob shall rejoice and Israel shall be glad."  The point is that David by those words reveals not only his confidence that God is able to keep His people safe from those that eat them up as bread, but also his love for that people. And if we love God, we will love His people. Their well-being, yea their full salvation, will be the desire of our hearts. Not out of custom, or because we are forced to do so, but sincerely and with joy we will sing the versification (PRC Psalter):

    O would that Israel's help
    Were out of Zion come!
    O would that God might early bring 
    His captive people home!
    When God from distant lands 
    His exiled ones shall bring, 
    His people shall exaltant be, 
    And gladly they shall sing.

Do you have that trust in God? Are you sure that He will come, as He promised, to deliver us completely from the captivity of sin, wherein the devil lured us? The question is not whether we long for, and would be so glad, if only we would be delivered from our aches and pains, from our physical miseries and woes.  It is not a question as to whether we would like to escape the lake of fire. There is not a person, including Satan and the fallen angels, who would not rejoice to escape that! But are you interested in deliverance from the captivity of the power of sin, yea from the foolishness of acting as if there is no God and as though Satan's lie is true that by sinning we become like gods knowing good and evil?

If in your heart you say, "THAT is what I want!", you are by no means a fool but an extremely wise person filled with the wisdom of God through the Spirit of His Son. That is a holy longing that will be answered.

Read: Psalm 126 
Psalter versification: #146:7

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Quote for Reflection:

 "What a high relationship is that of a son to his father!  What privileges a son has from his father! What liberties a son may take with his father! and oh! what obedience the son owes to his father, and what love the father feels towards the son! But all that, and more than that, we now have through Christ. “Behold!” ye angels! stop, ye seraphs! here is a thing more wonderful than heaven with its walls of jasper. Behold, universe! open thine eyes, O world. “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.”     --Charles H. Spurgeon

Last modified on 12 March 2016

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  • Date: 12-March
Heys, John A.

Rev. John A. Heys was born on March 16, 1910 in Grand Rapids, MI. He was ordained and installed into the ministry at Hope, Walker, MI in 1941.  He later served at Hull, Iowa beginning in 1955.  In 1959 he accepted the call to serve the South Holland, IL Protestant Reformed Church.  He received and accepted the call to Holland, Michigan Protestant Reformed Church in 1967.  He retired from the active ministry in 1980.  He entered into glory on February 16, 1998.

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