First things come first. Therefore, having spoken of the praise that waiteth for God in Zion, David mentioned the praise of God as our Savior Who purges away our transgressions. When our guilt is gone we can have blessings. But woe to those whose guilt is not removed. Those things the flesh enjoy are not gifts of God's grace to them. They will misuse them and add to their guilt and punishment. They will not praise God for them, and from Him will get condemnation.
But God has more virtues than His love and grace that through the cross of Christ blotted out our sins. He works in those who are made to be righteous in Christ a new spiritual life, which will also move them to praise Him as the Creator and Sustainer of all that which He made. That is why David, having begun with the all-important work of our justification, now mentions in Psalm 65:6. "Which by His strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power." And then he adds, "Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people."
Here we have God praised for His strength; and our versification has it thus (PRC Psalter):
Thy power has set the mountains firm,
O God Almighty, girt with strength;
At Thy command the waves are still,
The nations cease from war at length.
God's power made these lofty peaks. His little finger stilled the tempestuous sea and brings wars to their end. It all reveals so clearly that He has absolute control over all His creatures. All things serve His purpose.
Those whom He chose in Christ can rest assured that all is always well. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Praise Him then as the almighty God Who in love, for those whose sins He blotted out, will work all things together for their good.
Song for Meditation: Psalter #252
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“Train Up a Child…”: “Let me conclude by emphasizing that this is a command, a calling. It comes especially to parents, but also to the whole church. There is a generation arising in our midst. There is a world and a Satan out there attempting to draw them away. How will they be kept? Yes, only by God’s grace. But grace never means carelessness. On our part, they will be kept, only by diligent teaching. God will use that to continue and preserve His covenant.” -Rev. Rodney Kleyn
- Date: 6-November
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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