Divinely Designed

Psalm 139:15, 16

How a physician, and especially a surgeon, can believe that man came into being by a process of evolution is hard to understand. When we realize how marvelous the human body is with all its organs so properly positioned, working together so harmoniously, capable of such synchronous functions, it is hard to figure out how they, who know so much about the human body, can believe that it came into being without planning by the all-wise God. Did the intricate and powerful gasoline engine come into being without planning? Did one piece bring forth an entirely different kind of part made of another kind of material? Did the jet-propelled airplane and the computer come into being apart from the human mind? And did a dead object ever bring forth life?

How true are the words of David in Psalm 139:15, 16! He wrote: "My substance was not hid from Thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in Thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them."

God's book here is His eternal counsel, His living plan which He had with Him before a creature existed, and according to which all that happened from the first day of creation existed, and according to which all that happened from the first day of creation onward took place. And all this brings us to another aspect of the truth that our lives are an open book before God. We cannot hide anything from Him anywhere, or in the darkest night. But even before we came into existence, He saw us in that book, and saw us exactly as we are at the moment. Our versification has it thus (PRC Psalter):

E'er into being I was brought,
Thy eye did see, and in Thy thought
My life in all its perfect plan
Was ordered e're my days began.

We then, as David did in verse 14, should say, "I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." Rather than foolishly to try to hide from God, we should praise Him for His wisdom, power, and sovereignty. His eye saw us before we had eyes. He knows all about us all that there is to know. Being divinely designed our calling is to render Him divine praise.

Read: Psalm 148
Psalter versification: #383:2

Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism

Song for Meditation: Psalter #264
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Through the Bible in One Year
Read today:

Job 1-2 ; Job 3:1-26
I Corinthians 14:1-17
Psalm 37:12-29
Proverbs 21:25-26
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Quote for Reflection:

"Christ's sheep do not contribute any part of their own wool to their own clothing. They wear, and are justified by, the fine linen of Christ's obedience only." ~ A.Toplady

Last modified on 15 August 2015

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  • Date: 21-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.

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