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Safe in God's Covenant Faithfulness

Psalm 25:15, 16

    If he could get his way, Satan would turn us all into covenant breakers. He is constantly devising ways of getting us to turn away from God, and to go up against Him, rather than to sit down in covenant fellowship with Him.

    Of that David speaks in Psalm 25:15, 16, and also shows how miserably the devil will fail. He wrote:"Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for He shall pluck my feet out of the net. Turn Thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted."

    Satan is constantly devising traps wherein he can catch us. But, as David declares, God will pluck us out of his net. We cannot do that ourselves. We have not the strength to escape Satan's crafty and powerful devices. David stated it correctly when he wrote that we are desolate, that is, alone in the midst of the innumerable host of Satan's army. He also states that we are afflicted, that is, poor. That is the basic meaning of the word. Being attacked, we are helpless for we have no money to buy weapons of defense or of offense. In ourselves we are at the mercy of Satan.

    That is why the child of God must and does set his eyes upon Jehovah. He will enable us to keep His covenant and His testimonies. He will keep us safe, In His mercy in Christ He will pluck our feet out of any net into which Satan had led us and caused us to fall. He will make us look with our eyes unto God for help and safety.

    God's covenant will stand. It does not depend upon us. We are safe because of God's covenant faithfulness, not our own.

    Our versification expresses it beautifully in these words (PRC Psalter):

    My eyes are evermore
    Toward Thee, O Lord, Whose care
    Shall surely save my heedless feet
    From every hidden snare.

    Take note of the fact that God will take care of us. That care will keep us safe. There is no one more careful than God. And there is no one more powerful than He is. We are safe in His mercy.

Read: Psalm 91
Psalter versification: #62:3

Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism

Song for Meditation: Psalter #171
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Micah 5 ; Micah 6 ; Micah 7 
Revelation 7:1-17 
Psalm 135:1-21 
Proverbs 30:5-6 

Quote for Reflection:

"The apostle takes it here for granted that God designed a ... state of perfection, unto the church; and that as unto its worship as well as unto its faith and obedience. We find, by the event, that it answered not the divine wisdom and goodness to bind up the church, during its whole sojourn in this world, unto a worship so carnal, burdensome, so imperfect, so unsuited to express his grace and kindness towards it, or its sense thereof. And who can but pity the woeful condition of the present Jews, who can conceive of no greater blessedness than the restoration of this burdensome service? So true is it what the apostle says, the veil is upon them unto this present day; yea, blindness is on their minds, that they can see no beauty but only in things carnal: and like their forefathers, who preferred the bondage of Egypt, because of their flesh-pots, before all the liberty and blessings of Canaan; so do they their old bondage-state because of some temporal advantages it was attended withal, before the glorious liberty of the sons of God" ~ John Owen -- Hebrews, vol. 5, p. 419.

Last modified on 16 December 2018

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  • Date: 16-December
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.