In a fierce storm the wind whips up huge waves that dash against the rocks, But always the rock splits the waves and scatters the water left and right. Every time this happens, we have a picture of how safe the child of God is in the storms of life.
In Psalm 27:5 David had written that God had set him up upon a rock, which is Christ. Below are his enemies as powerful waves driven by Satan in an attempt to destroy the church. But the waves are dashed into pieces, while the Rock is unharmed; and those set upon Him are not touched. No wonder then that David and we can sing (PRC Psalter):
Uplifted on a rock
Above my foes around,
Amid the battle shock
My song shall still resound;
Then joyful offerings I will bring,
Jehovah's praise my heart shall sing.
David stated it in these words in Psalm 27:6, "And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in His tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord."
Here we find David stating in other words what he had stated in verse 1, namely, that God is his light and his salvation. As his salvation God lifted him up to safety above all his enemies and as his light God had made him see that he had nothing to fear, no matter how dark his way seemed.
Therefore, being safe in God's house with its protection, he will offer to God sacrifices of joy and sing His praises. And we do well to consider that singing such praises is evidence that we have been lifted up upon Christ, the Solid Rock. In Him and His cross God is our salvation; and by His Spirit Who opens our spiritual eyes He is our light.
Lifted up upon Christ the Rock means that we in God's counsel are lifted up to heaven where God's house of many mansions is. There the everlasting day will be full of songs of praise to God as our light and our salvation.
How often do you praise God as your light and salvation?
Song for Meditation: Psalter #219
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Through the Bible in One Year
Ezra 7 ; Ezra 8:1-20
1 Corinthians 4:1-21
Quote for Reflection:
John Calvin on God's promises:
· “Whatever God promises, belongs to his elect, not to all.
· Promises are related to the covenant as their only source.
· The efficacy of God's promises depends on Christ alone.
· We ought not to judge of the promises of God from our condition, but from His truth.
· Faith cannot stand, unless it be founded on the promises of God.
· The only cure for covetousness is to embrace the promises of God.
· We cannot rely on his promises without obeying His commandments.
· The main thing in the worship of God is to embrace His promises with obedience.”
- Date: 8-August
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.