The name of your pilot, as you fly high above the earth, really does not mean much, for it tells you that he is a human being; and as the saying goes, ''To err is human.'' But because of what we read in Psalm 121:5,6, "The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day nor the moon by night," you can rely upon your Pilot with unwavering confidence. For the psalmist here uses the name Jehovah, and that name tells us that our Keeper is unchangeable, not dependent upon any creature, has power over every creature, and is everywhere present.
As we saw yesterday, He will never allow our feet to move off that narrow pathway to heavenly glory. We will never fall away into everlasting destruction. And now He emphasizes this by stating that not for one fraction of a second, during the daytime or during the night, will He take His eye off us, or remove His hand from holding us on that pathway to glory. As we sing (PRC Psalter):
Jehovah is Himself thy keeper true;
Thy changeless shade.
Jehovah, evermore on thy right hand,
Himself hath made;
And thee no sun by day shall ever smite,
No moon shall harm thee in the silent night.
God is our shade, and this we need. For while we walk on that narrow path to glory, we are still in the vale of tears and sorrow, so that we have miseries in the daytime, but also all through the night. Not for one fraction of a moment are we from under the curse, that came upon us because of Adam's sin, as far as our flesh is concerned. And we deserve in ourselves that flaming fire of Gods holy wrath. But God is our shade. In Christ He is the umbrella that is between us and God's just and holy wrath.
Therefore no matter how sick we are, how painful our life is and even when the darkness of death covers us in our graves, we are safe, and will pass safely through all of it, and at God's appointed time will be lifted up above it all. Our Keeper will keep us on the way to tasting His love everlastingly in glory.
Quote for Reflection:
"We may be ever so precise in all our dogmatical reasoning, and this is important, but it all means nothing if we cannot claim this personal participation in the salvation of the Lord." ~ Herman Veldman, The Standard Bearer, vol. 60, p. 76
- Date: 4-May
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.