Do you like to sing? Is it because of the music, the pleasing melody and rich harmony? Or is it because of the words? And then, what words are you eager to sing?
The psalmist wrote in Psalm 67:3 and 5, "Let the people praise thee, O God: let all the people praise thee."
Now to praise God, whether we do that in song or in common speech, is to honor Him. It is mentioning His virtues, His goodness. It is extolling Him.
Cast away all those songs of the world that praise man and reveal delight in deviltry. There is so much of that today. There is so much that is called music but actually is simply noise. Our calling is to praise God, to sing of His glory. Enthusiastically we should praise God from Whom all blessings flow.
There is that cross of Christ from which all the blessings of salvation flow. The psalmist began speaking of that when he prayed that God would be merciful to us. That cross not only came in God's mercy, it opened the way for us to receive all the blessings of God's mercy. In verse 4 the psalmist speaks of God's judgment, His judging us to be righteous. That righteousness comes through the cross. Surely then we ought to sing about that cross and not about the world and its vain pleasures.
The salvation of our souls is very important; but without the removal of our guilt by the cross of Christ, there is no right for us to be saved from our sinful souls, as well as from the torment of hell. About that cross we should sing, and there is good reason for doing so.
Sing praise then to God for the removal of your guilt, and pray for more desire to praise God. That you will do in the new Jerusalem. If you are not interested in that, you will never enter it and enjoy its blessings.
Read: Psalm 67
Through the Bible in One Year
2 Samuel 19:11-43
2 Samuel 20:1-13
Quote for Reflection:
John Calvin on Ephesians 4:13: "What is the highest perfection of Christians? How is that perfection attained? Full manhood is found in Christ; for foolish men do not, in a proper manner, seek their perfection in Christ. It ought to be held as a fixed principle among us, that all that is out of Christ is hurtful and destructive."
- Date: 2-June
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.