There is a great deal that we understand; and the older we get, the more we understand the things around us. But that which above all we should understand, we by nature do not even want to hear about, much less understand.
Man must not only know but understand why he was created and what his calling is before God, Who made him and continues to give him every heartbeat. Man must know and understand that he was created for the glory of God (Isaiah 43:21), and walk in love for Him so that, with all he comes in contact, he can praise and glorify God.
This explains the psalmist's words in Psalm 119:129, 130, where we read: "Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding to the simple."
Truly he who understands his calling will say with the psalmist that God's testimonies are wonderful. Satan led man to believe that they were bad for man. After man succumbed to that lie and fell into the darkness of sin, God's words bring light when these words enter not simply the fleshly mind but into the soul. If they do that, we will be very understanding people.
Listen to how our Psalter versification states it (PRC Psalter):
Thy wondrous testimonies, Lord,
My soul will keep and greatly praise
Thy word by faithful lips proclaimed,
To simplest minds the truth conveys.
Never mind college and university degrees and praise of men. Strive to be a man or woman of spiritual understanding, and go where by faithful lips God's word is proclaimed. Live very close to the word of God. Then you will not only understand what your calling is, but also how desperately you are in need of Christ and His blood. Only in that way will you understand what He accomplished for you and what it is to which He will one day bring you.
How much of that Word of God do you read every day? That will show how sincerely you too can call God's law wonderful.
Read: Psalm 119:129-144
Psalter versification: #337:1
(Words and Music of the Psalter)
Song for Meditation: Psalter #207
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Through the Bible in One Year
Jeremiah 23:21-40 ; Jeremiah 24 ; Jeremiah 25:1-38
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
Quote for Reflection:
"When we say, that men are not justified by works, we deny not that the keeping of the law is true righteousness: but as no one performs it, and never has performed it, we say, that all are excluded from it, and that hence the only refuge is in the grace of Christ." ~ John Calvin
- Date: 14-October
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.