Can there be something better than what is perfect? What the psalmist wrote in Psalm 119:96 seems to teach that. He wrote, "I have seen an end of all perfection; but Thy commandment is exceeding broad."
He had stated that all things are God's servants and created within certain laws. These laws they all keep perfectly. Man, however, was created also under the ten commandments, the moral law. And this law, he states, is broader than those laws wherein all creatures were created, the physical laws of their being. Our versification has it thus (PRC Psalter):
The wicked would destroy my soul,
But on Thy truth I muse with awe;
Imperfect I have found all else,
But boundless is Thy wondrous law.
Now imperfection can be incompleteness. A building is not perfect until it is completed. That does not mean that the part already set up is imperfect, that is, not constructed properly or of poor material. It means that the completed form is not yet there. That, the psalmist had in mind.
We live in a world wherein the laws of creation are never broken, even though God's holy law, the ten commandments given man, is not kept since man fell in Adam. But a more wonderful creation is coming in which man will keep God's law perfectly. A creation comes where there is a broader keeping of God's law, a creation in which the inanimate creatures act and react according to the physical laws, but one also wherein God's holy law is kept by all as perfectly as God's Son did so, when He tabernacled with us.
What a broader picture then do we get here! The end of this present creation brings forth a kingdom of heaven wherein in no way does any creature fail to be a servant of God. What is more, this present creation, in which the laws of creation are flawlessly kept, serves as God's means to bring forth that broader end, namely, the kingdom of heaven.
We should look beyond the things necessary for our natural life, the laws we must keep to protect our physical life. Look to that law of God wherein He created man in His own image. Keep His holy law before you, looking forward to the day when you will keep it perfectly.
Song for Meditation: Psalter #270
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"The most holy service that we can render to God is to be employed in praising His name." ~ John Calvin
- Date: 31-August
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.