A Return to the Dust

Monday the 18th of October

in Meditations I

Psalm 90:3

    Sooner or later we are going to die. This is so because it pleases God to reach down and cause it to happen. Through Moses He declares in Psalm 90:3, "Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men." And by return he means return to the dust out of which man was created.

    A versification of Psalm 39:4, 5 states that truth this way (PRC Psalter):

    My end, Lord, make me know.
    My days, how soon they fail;
    And to my thoughtful spirit show
    How weak I am and frail.
    To Thy eternal thought
    My days are but a span;
    To Thee my years appear as naught,
    A breath at best is man.

    We do well to take note of the fact that God commands death to overtake us. Men will at times pray God to prevent death that threatens a loved one. But the correct view is that rather than overruling death, God sends it and commands it to come to us. Death is not something against which He must work. It is a tool with which He works. And as the sovereign God that He is, He has a right to send it to destroy our earthly bodies. He had that right before we fell. Be surely has it now since we fell into sin. He told us that the day we sinned we would die. And as the holy, sovereign God He may return us to the dust.

    But always we should look at all God's works in the light of the death of His own Son, Who died as our covenant Head and representative. The souls of those not chosen in Him are plunged into everlasting torment. What happens to their bodies at the moment of death is minor compared with what happens when Christ returns. But those for whose sins Christ died have, the moment that their bodies enter death, in their souls everlasting blessedness and joy with Christ.

    They can expect their bodies to be raised and brought back to life. This time it will be a body more glorious than Adam's was. With that in mind God says to the believer's bodies, "Return to the dust!" For He intends to say to it pretty soon, "Be glorified with the glory of My Son!"

Read: Ecclesiastes 12 
Psalter versification: #105:4, 5
(Words and Music of the Psalter)

Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism

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Song for Meditation: Psalter #55
Why not sing along??

Through the Bible in One Year
Read today:

Jeremiah 31:27-40 ; Jeremiah 32 ; 
1 Timothy 3:1-16 
Psalm 88:1-18 
Proverbs 25:20-22 
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Quote for Reflection:

Psalm 73:26 - "Moreover, we believe and teach that the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, was from all eternity predestinated and foreordained of the Father to be the Saviour of the world. And we believe that he was begotten, not only then, when he took flesh of the Virgin Mary, nor yet a little before the foundations of the world were laid; but before all eternity, and that of the Father after an unspeakable manner." Second Helvetic Confession "The pleasures of being forgiven are as superior to the pleasures of an unforgiven man as heaven is higher than hell." ~ Robert M. M'Cheyne 


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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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