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A Call to Praise God

Psalm 19:2-4

In Psalm 19:2-4 David speaking of the heavens, states that "Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge.  There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line goeth out through all the earth.''  Correctly, our versification of these lines sings (PRC Psalter):

    They speak not with audible words.
    Yet clear is the message they send:
    Their witness goes out through the earth,

    Their words to the world's farthest end.

And another versification presents this significant addition:

    Yet through the world the truth they bear 
    And their Creator's power declare.

Even as a red traffic light speaks, even though it utters no word that you can hear, so the heavens speak with words that are without sound. And what is important for us to maintain and hold on to is that they speak the truth not only of God's power, but of the fact that He is God alone upon Whom all creatures depend, and Who must be served and worshipped.

That truth is spoken on both sides of the earth, the sun declaring it on one side while, at the same time, the moon and stars declare it on the other side.

Because of this fact no man has an excuse for not serving and worshipping Him every split-second of life. Even as the red traffic light says to you that you are guilty of sin if you do not stop as it demands, so no man anywhere at any time can escape the truth that he must serve and worship God day and night.

We cannot make God richer, and we have nothing that He needs. But He delights in having man, because he depends so completely upon God, serve and worship Him, rendering Him praise and thanksgiving.

The heavens declare His glory, but do you? The heavens do with words that are not audible. Do you sound out His praises? Do the songs you sing render Him the praise that is due unto His name? Listen to the heavens sing His praises to you, and then with audible words sing those praises to God.

Read: Psalm 147 
Psalter versification: #39:2, #37:2

Daily Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism

Song for Meditation: Psalter #161
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Through the Bible in One Year
Read today:
Exodus 19:16-25 ; Exodus 20; Exodus 21:1-21 
Matthew 23:13-39 
Psalm 28:1-9 
Proverbs 7:1-5 

Quote for Reflection:

"… For God will never find in us anything which he ought to love, but he loves us because he is good and merciful. Besides, although he testifies his goodness and love to all, yet we know it by faith only, when he declares himself to be our Father in Christ."  - John Calvin

Last modified on 22 April 2019

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  • Date: 4-February
Heys, John A.

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.