Not only is it foolish but also dishonest to promise that which you know you cannot do. And therefore one might wonder why the psalmist wrote in Psalm 119:106 , "I have sworn and I will perform it, that I will keep Thy righteous judgments." How does he dare to do that?
Well, for one thing, he reveals in the preceding verse what enables him to do what he swore he would do. He stated, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." And although these words do not directly state how he would be able to do these works demanded by God in His righteous judgment, this does explain why he knows the requirements, that is, where he must walk and how he must conduct himself. God's word makes that clear. In this night of sin, wherein we all are since the fall of Adam through Satan's lie, God's word shows us what we were created to do, namely, walk in love before God and bring all of creation unto God in praise and thanksgiving. Satan deceived us into believing that we are here for our fleshly pleasures. Therefore we think, by nature, that we can decide what is good and evil for us.
The word of God, our Bible, gives us light and shows us not only exactly where to walk, but also that we can walk because of God's grace in Christ. So that now we may sing (PRC Psalter):
Thy word sheds light upon my path;
A shining light, it guides my feet;
Thy righteous judgments to observe
My solemn vow I now repeat.
Your bankbook and checkbook are not your most valuable books. Scripture is our richest book, a treasure in our hearts. By all means do not leave it closed and on the shelf. Read it every day so that you may keep this vow.
God's word reveals Christ to us as His Word became flesh. Christ makes it possible for us to keep God's righteous judgments. Meet Him in God's word. He will guide you and lighten your way, so that your feet are walking in righteousness before God.
Read Psalm 119:105-112
Psalter versification: #334
(Words and Music of the Psalter)
Song for Meditation: Psalter #171
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John Calvin on Hebrews 7:3 - "...Melchisedec is not to be considered here, as they say, in his private capacity, but as a sacred type of Christ; nor ought we to think that it was accidentally or inadvertently omitted that no kindred is ascribed to him, and that nothing is said of his death; but on the contrary, that this was done designedly by the Spirit, in order to give us an idea of one above the common order of men. There seems therefore to be no probability in the conjecture of those who say that Melchisedec was Shem the son of Noah; for if we make him to be some known individual, we destroy this third likeness between Melchisedec and Christ ... It seems not to be worth one’s while to refute the delirious notions of those who dream that Christ himself, or the Holy Spirit, or an angel, appeared at that time...."
- Date: 16-September
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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