The Safety of Upright Hearts

Monday the 6th of July

in Meditations I

Psalm 125:3,4

    Are you concerned about the well-being of your church? What is it that concerns you? Would the leveling of your church building by a fire disturb you more than the introduction of a false doctrine in the preaching? Would the loss of a goodly number of members bother you more than the loss of a cardinal truth of Scripture? Would the introduction of a worldly practice irk you less than the wearing out of the carpeting or the peeling of the paint upon the walls?

    We do well to look at the psalmist's words, written after he had said that the church was safe because God was round about her. He continues in Psalm 125:3-4 with these words, "For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands to iniquity.  Do good, O Lord, to those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.''

    Did you notice that he is not merely speaking of enemies but of the wicked? And he speaks of those that are good in the sense that their hearts are upright. We have no promise of God that no material danger will come to our church buildings, and no loss of church membership. There were only eight souls saved from the flood, and far less than ten saved from the destruction of Sodom before the fire came down.

    Spiritually, and as the body of Christ, the church is absolutely safe. In the coming days of the antichrist, church services will be denied to those who hold to the truth. The number of believers alive will dwindle to only a few, because of the famine of not being allowed to buy or sell, and by death through persecution. Yet confidently the church may sing (PRC Psalter):

    No scepter of oppression 
    Shall hold unbroken sway,
    Lest unto base transgression
    The righteous turn away.
    Thy favor be imparted 
    To godly men O Lord;
    Bless all that are pure hearted,
    The good with good reward.

    Yes, God will bless His church with unchanging upright hearts. The faith of His church shall not be taken away, As Mount Zion abideth till Christ returns, the church shall hold on to the truth and fight iniquity.

Read: Psalm 46 
Psalter versification: #356:2

Daily Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism

Song for Meditation: Psalter #49
Why not sing along??

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Through the Bible in One Year
Read today:
I Chronicles 2 
I Chronicles 3 
I Chronicles 4:1-4 
Acts 24:1-27 
Psalm 4:1-8 
Proverbs 18:16-18 
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Quote for Reflection:

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (John 8:36).   “It is a spiritual and heavenly freedom of which our text speaks, a freedom purchased by Christ, revealed in the gospel, and conveyed to the saints of God as the great dowry of Christ to His Church and Spouse.  Two great things Christ has entrusted into the hands of His Church-Christian faith and Christian liberty.  Just as we are to contend earnestly for the maintenance of the faith ( Jude 3), so also for the maintenance of Christian liberty, and that against all who would oppose and undermine it”  ~Samuel Bolton


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    Knowing God in His Faithfulness

    Psalm 9:10

        Although it may not look that way because we closed our eyes, yet God is always faithful and can be trusted to do fully all that which He promised us. Even though on a cloudy night we cannot see the moon or the stars, they are there above us in the sky; and it is folly to say that they are not there, just because we cannot see them. Yet so often we go by what our fleshly eyes see or cannot see and behave as though what the eye of faith sees does not exist. For we have closed our eye of faith and judge all things by what our fleshly eye sees.

        David warns us against this when in Psalm 9:10 he writes, "And they that have known Thy name will put their trust in Thee: for Thou, 0 Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek Thee.''  David here uses the name Elohim, the Almighty One, and that name says that all the creatures have strength only when and in the measure that God gives it to them. And therefore knowing God's name means that we know and see Him with the eye of faith as the one Who has every creature large or small, animate or inanimate, in the angel world or in the world of men, completely under His control. They can only do what He eternally decreed that they would do, and what He gives them the strength to do.

        No wonder then that David says that those who know God's name can trust Him and see that He never forsakes one of His children. And with David we can sing:

        All they, O Lord, that know Thy name
        Their confidence in Thee will place,
        For Thou hast ne'er forsaken them
        Who earnestly have sought Thy face.

        Consider then that, since our God is almighty, no one can prevent Him from doing what He promised us, and no one has the strength to make Him change His mind. See Him then in that name, with your eye of faith, as an unchangeably faithful God Who will destroy all your enemies and bring you to glory. And when things look bad, as far as the eye of flesh is concerned, look at Him with the eye of faith.

    Read: Revelation 20 
    Psalter versification: #17:2

    Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism

    Through the Bible in One Year
    Read today:
    II Samuel 12 
      John 16 
    Psalm 119:65-80 
    Proverbs 16:4-5

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    Quote for Reflection:

    "… And assuredly, when we consider that the sluggishness of our flesh hinders us from elevating our minds to the height of the divine majesty, in vain would God call us to himself, did he not at the same time, on his part, come down to us; or, did he not at least, by the interposition of means, stretch out his hand to us, so to speak, in order to lift us up to himself."  –  John Calvin

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