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Blessed Light in Deepest Darkness

Psalm 139:11,12

    In the first ten verses of Psalm 139 David makes some true and very profound statements. God not only sees every move we make, but hears every word we speak. Yea, He reads our thoughts and is right next to us no matter where we go. Our lives are an open book to Him, and we just cannot hide from Him. We can do nothing behind His back. We cannot cover our sins, nor hide to get away from the punishment we deserve.

    And now in Psalm 139:11, 12 David presents another reason why we cannot hide from God. There he states, "If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from Thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to Thee." And we sing that truth thus (PRC Psalter):

    If deepest darkness cover me,
    The darkness hideth not from Thee;
    To Thee both night and day are bright,
    The darkness shineth as the light.

    How hopeless then escape from punishment seems to us! Yet even in this awesome truth there is tremendous comfort for the believer. Remember that God's Son came into our flesh, and for three hours hung in darkness that could be felt. During those hours and that darkness He suffered the hellish agonies that we deserve, while He in flawless obedience and unwavering love to God brought to God the perfect obedience we failed even to begin to do since the day Adam fell into sin. But God saw it all! The darkness did not hide this marvelous work of our Savior. No, the night shineth as the day. That night did not hide from God's eyes what His Son was doing for us! And it did not escape Him that His Son suffered all this as our Head and representative. He saw His Son bring our everlasting punishment to its end, and the perfect works of love demanded of us brought in full measure.

    We cannot hide from God or cover our sins from His view. To try to do so is to add to our guilt and to the punishment we deserve. But God covered them and made a day of light for us, a day when we shall see fully His love and mercy unto us in His Son.

Read: Isaiah 60 
Psalter versification: #382:5

Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism

Song for Meditation: Psalter #71
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Through the Bible in One Year
Read today:

Esther 4-6 ; Esther 7:1-10 
1 Corinthians 12:1-26 
Psalm 36:1-12 
Proverbs 21:21-22 
Quote for Reflection:

"The cross was before Him with all its horrors; the joy of returning to the Father was before Him with all its bliss; yet neither the fearful prospect of woe nor the hope of unspeakable rest and gladness shook His love for His own.  He is the same yesterday, and today, and forever, therefore His love never varies.  He is eternal, therefore has He loved us with an everlasting love.  He is Divine, therefore is His love different from all others, passing human knowledge."  ~ Arthur W. Pink

Last modified on 19 August 2018

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  • Date: 19-August
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.