Man's Momentary Life On Earth

Psalm 90:4

All men are aware of the fact that one by one we all return to the dust from whence man came. All men, however, do not confess what Moses wrote concerning God in Psalm 90:4, namely, "For a thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday, when it is past, and as a watch in the night." Few there are who are with Moses ready to say of those who die, 'Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are like sleep: In the morning they are like grass which groweth up In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth."

Yes, they will agree that life is short, and that the last years of life are not at all like the early or midlife years. But holding on to their foolish evolutionistic idea of how man came into being, they do not subscribe to the truth that there is a God Who made man and carries him away as with a flood.

But here is a truth we had better believe and sing (PRC Psalter):

Man soon yields up his fleeting breath
Before the swelling tide of death;
Like transient sleep his seasons pass,
His life is like the tender grass;
Luxuriant 'neath the morning sun,
And withered e'er the day is done.

Let us maintain that tremendous contrast made by Moses. Man's life is very short, while God's has no beginning or end. Man's life is like a drop of water in the vast Pacific Ocean of God's life. And that is true even of Methuselah who almost reached a thousand years, dying when he was 969 years old. Appreciate then the fact that God's love for His people is as infinite as His being. It also has no beginning or end. And because Christ is the eternal Son in that triune God, He can and did give us victory over death and everlasting life and glory.

Read: I Corinthians 15:41-58
Psalter versification: #245:3
(Words and Music of the Psalter)

Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism

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Song for Meditation: Psalter #9
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Through the Bible in One Year
Read today:

Jeremiah 33 ; Jeremiah 34:1-22
1 Timothy 4:1-16
Psalm 89:1-13
Proverbs 25:23-24
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Quote for Reflection:

"Moreover, we believe and teach that the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, was from all eternity predestinated and foreordained of the Father to be the Saviour of the world. And we believe that he was begotten, not only then, when he took flesh of the Virgin Mary, nor yet a little before the foundations of the world were laid; but before all eternity, and that of the Father after an unspeakable manner." —Second Helvetic Confession, Chapter XI

Last modified on 13 October 2015

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  • Date: 19-October
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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