Remembering God's Providential Care

Psalm 65:9

    Do you give any thought, when you sit down to eat, to what God has done to provide you with that food? We do go through the formality of thanking Him for giving us our daily bread. But do you thank Him for all the work He performed to get that bread and meat on your table?

    The psalmist calls our attention to it in Psalm 65:9 in these words: "Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: Thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: Thou preparest them corn, when Thou hast so provided it."

    We depend so completely and entirely upon God to bring the sun up every morning for the plants, and for the rain when it is needed. And the sad thing is that we can eat without giving any thought to God and His works of providence. We can walk through the supermarket with all its canned food, vegetable and fruit displays, bread and cakes, and fail completely to give one thought about God and to praise Him as we ought. A good verse for us to commit to memory and take with us in the store, and unto the table before we eat, are these words of our versification (PRC Psalter):

    Thou visitest the earth in love
    And sendest showers from above,
    Enriching all the land;
    Thy streams exhaustless bless the field,
    Preparing it the grain to yield 
    Provided by Thy hand.

    Yes, in His love for His people God blesses the fields so that His church may have its daily bread for its physical needs.

    And here is another work of God that calls for us to praise Him. He is our Savior and blotted out our guilt. With almighty power He upholds the whole creation which He made and rules it sovereignly.  But He should be praised also for all His works of providence.

    Surely praise waits for Him in Zion. Those outside of Zion see trees and plants and food but have no praise for God. Those redeemed by the blood of His Son can praise Him and must do so.

    Praise God from Whom all blessings flow,

    Praise Him all creatures here below.

Read: Psalm 104 
Psalter versification: #169:1
(Words and Music of the Psalter)

Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism

Song for Meditation: Psalter #162
Why not sing along??

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Through the Bible in One Year
Read today:

Ezekiel 16:42-63 ; Ezekiel 17:1-24 
Hebrews 8:1-13 
Psalm 106:13-31 
Proverbs 27:7-9 
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Quote for Reflection:

“…Do we attend to the Word with reverential devotion? When the judge is giving his charge from the bench, all attend. When the Word is preached, the great God is giving us His charge. Do we listen to it as to a matter of life and death?”  - Thomas Watson

Last modified on 31 October 2015

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  • Date: 7-November
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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