Here is a versification of David's words in Psalm 108 that we do well to commit to memory and take with us all through life (PRC Psalter):
God's word shall surely stand
His name through every land
Shall be adored;
Lord, who shall lead our host?
Thy aid we covet most,
In Thee is all our boast,
Strong in the Lord.
David had spoken of the loftiness of God's mercy and truth and had declared that his heart was fixed to praise God for them. But then to his mind came all the enemies for which he needed deliverance and salvation. And if David needed deliverance and salvation, we surely do also.
The devil hated the Old Testament church and tried in every way he could to destroy it. And you can be sure that, when he learned how he failed at the cross and knew of Christ's resurrection, he became furious. Now as the church is spread all over the world, he is full of anger, and is trying to destroy all faith in Christ. He is working hard to produce the kingdom of the antichrist.
Yet all that David confessed in Psalm 108 is true. Though he spoke of the land of Canaan as a picture of the new creation God promises us, it is true that God's mercy and truth "reacheth to the clouds," that is, are very sure and exalted things.
That being the case we can and must take hold of his words in verse 18, namely, "Through God we shall do valiantly: for He it is that shall tread down our enemies." In a spiritual and very joyful way we may say, "We shall conquer!"
Because it does not depend upon us but upon God to tread down our enemies, namely, Satan, his host, the wicked world, and also sin and death, we may say, "We shall overcome!" Because God is for us and He has complete control over every creature in heaven and on earth and in hell. And as we approach the days of the antichrist with his cruelty, teach your children to say that through God we shall do valiantly. He is true to His word and powerful to make it all come to pass.
Read: Romans 8:28-39
Psalter versification: #298:3
Song for Meditation: Psalter #106
Why not sing along??
Wherefore, although we look far and wide and search on every hand, we shall not find better songs nor songs better suited to that end than the Psalms of David which the Holy Spirit made and uttered through him. And for this reason, when we sing them we may be certain that God puts the words, in our mouths as if Himself sang in us to exalt His glory. – John Calvin
- Date: 25-July
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.