Keep God's covenant, and He will keep you enjoying covenant blessings. That awesome truth we find in Psalm 25:14, where we read: "The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him; and lie will show them His covenant."
The secret of the Lord is not information about one's name being in the Lamb's book of life. That is no secret, as we saw yesterday. A walk of meekness before God shows that one's name is in that book.
The word secret has in the Hebrew the root meaning of a divan or couch. Here it is a love seat where God and His people sit together and have a most intimate fellowship of friendship. God and His people sit in a private circle, where no ungodly may be. And here there is perfect agreement between God and that people. In fact, disagreement would make one get up and walk away. But the meek, of verse 9, agree with God and enjoy walking in love before Him. They keep His testimonies and covenant. To Him they say, "Thou art God, and we are Thy people. We love Thee and enjoy serving Thee." And He says to them, "I am your God and Father in Christ. I love you and have prepared a life of glory for you.
They are friends of God, and He in Christ is their friend. They enjoy living with Him, and He reveals His love in having them there with Him in His house of many mansions. That beautiful truth we have in our versification in these words (PRC Psalter):
They that fear and love the Lord
Shall Jehovah's friendship know;
He will grace to them accord,
And His faithful covenant show.
A bond of fellowship, a tasting of God's love, will be enjoyed by those who love God and delight in fellowship with Him. Showing His covenant is far more than making them know that there is such a covenant. It is more than causing to know that there is such a covenant. The devil knows that there is a covenant between God and His people in Christ. It means to know in the sense of enjoying all the blessings of that covenant. That is ahead for those who love God.
Read: Psalm 25:1-14
Psalter versification: #68:4
Song for Meditation: Psalter #135
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Quote for Reflection:
“There are two great vices that hinder us from feeling the power of the Spirit of God and throwing in our lot with the Gospel. One is that we are haughty and full of presumption…It is needful then that this pride rooted in our nature be reproved even in a violent manner because we are too hardened in it. On the other hand, each one feels in himself an earthly sluggishness so that we are preoccupied and wrapped up in this world. Briefly, we are almost stupid so that we can taste neither the Word of God nor the power of His Holy Spirit unless we are awakened, as it were, by force. That is why the Spirit came as a whirlwind raised like an impetuous wind. In the first place we see that His descent was to move all the world and to make all mankind tremble, so that God might be adored and that men might be subject to Him. However, we must be awakened. We must be led to obey God and stripped of all presumption, knowing well that there is only all misery in us, that we are only mud and rottenness, indeed, even that there is only corruption in our souls until God has renewed us.” - John Calvin, Sermon 16 on the Deity of Christ
- Date: 15-December
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.