November 1 Read Hebrews 11:1-12
During the month of October, we had the privilege to meditate on the holiness of God. During the course of this month we shall see that the holy triune God is sovereign over all. In this connection, we are going to utilize to a large extent the work of Arthur W. Pink, in his book The Sovereignty of God. To see God as the Sovereign One, we must have faith. The question that comes to mind is answered in the Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 7, answer 21, “True faith is not only a certain knowledge, whereby I hold for truth, all that God has revealed to us in His Word, but also an assured confidence, which the Holy Ghost works by the gospel in my heart; that not only to others, but to me also, remission of sins, everlasting righteousness, and salvation are freely given by God, merely of grace, only for the sake of Christ’s merits.” How unspeakable is the gift of faith. In verse 6 we read “But without faith it is impossible to please Him.” Therefore it is only by faith that we understand, acknowledge and confess God, as the Sovereign One; who in His eternal counsel decreed all that should come to pass. Sing Psalter #128.
November 2 Read Hebrews 11:13-16
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). To walk by faith is to live our lives in humble obedience to the Word of God, to see the unseen. By faith we confess that the unseen is much more real than the seen. All that we see with the physical eye will be destroyed, but faith, hope and love will endure to all eternity. By faith we acknowledge that we are pilgrims and strangers here below. Our citizenship is in heaven. The life we now live, we live by faith, in our Lord Jesus Christ, who has purchased us with His precious blood, having made a complete atonement for our sins. In verse 16 we read, “But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a city.” That the sovereign eternal God is willing to attach His most holy name to us, should humble us to the core. The resulting humbleness, will certainly guide us in a life of holiness. Through such a walk of faith, we will come to see the wonder of salvation, through the sovereign work of God. Sing Psalter #132.
November 3 Read I Chronicles 29:10-19
Wisdom is known by her children. From the heart are the issues of life. As a man thinks within himself, so he is. Our lives reflect the inner life, which evidences itself by the fruit it bears. We read in our scripture passage, that the people of Israel, had offered willingly, with a perfect heart, provisions for the house of God. We must confess, that by nature, we are not so eager to make provisions for the cause of the Lord. On the contrary, to our shame, can it not be said, that the causes of God’s kingdom have to beg and plead for our support? Wisdom would dictate that we love the Lord our God. The response of faith is—that we seek the Lord, with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. This certainly will change our priorities. God and His kingdom will come first. Our actions (fruit) will reveal this. Now read again verses 11 and 12. May that acknowledgment also arise from within us, giving God all the praise, for sovereignly He rules. Sing Psalter #259.
November 4 Read Psalm 103
In contrast to the weakness and brevity of man, we read “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children’s children; to such as keep His covenant, and to those that remember His commandments to do them” (vss. 17, 18). Those that have received the gift of faith, receive also the mercy of the Lord, His righteousness, and His covenant and strive to keep His commandments. They do this in fear, and in awe, not willing to offend in any way the Sovereign One. Their desire is: “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His Holy name” (vs. 1). The psalm beautifully illustrates the blessings of salvation. Our response to such mercies is to realize that our salvation is all of God. Our calling in this life is to live humbly and obediently, in thankfulness, for such a deliverance, blessing His most holy name, meaning to speak well of God, to glorify Him in thought, word and deed. Sing Psalter #283.
November 5 Read Psalm 104
Psalm 103, clearly demonstrates, that God is merciful and glorious, to such as keep His covenant. In today’s scripture passage God reveals Himself as the sovereign ruler over all. He is the one that provides for all. Not only every detail of the creation, but also every creature, whether man or beast. The point being made, that only through the gift of faith, can we respond in living hope to such a sovereign God. By faith we acknowledge and confess that God is supreme. That God is King. That God is the Most High and Lofty One, that inhabiteth eternity. That God is almighty, that all power in heaven and earth belong to Him. There is no one that can defeat His counsel, frustrate His purpose or resist His will. In confessing that God is sovereign, we mean to say, that He is the Holy One, the only Good, the Blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Such is the triune God of the Scriptures. This God is our God, for Jesus’ sake. Sing Psalter #287.
November 6 Read Psalm 115
Yesterday we acknowledged the truth of the sovereignty of God. Do you, dear reader believe that truth with all your being? Do you consciously live in the realization of it? No doubt, many there be, who would readily acknowledge God’s sovereignty in the great events of history. Many there are, that will deny God’s control in directing every little detail of life. We read to the contrary in Matthew 10:30, “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Any denial of God’s absolute sovereignty, robs God of His glory. In verse 1 we read, “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth’s sake.” To be earthly minded is to seek the things of this life. This will delude us to self-dependence, and eventually to the idols described in verses 4 through 8. In contrast we read in verse 13, “He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great.” and verse 18, “But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the Lord.” Sing Psalter #308.
November 7 Read Isaiah 55
Please reread verses 6 and 7, upon which follows: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (vs. 8, 9). We are commanded to seek the Lord. How? Through His Word, as that is proclaimed in the preaching, through Bible study, through family and private devotions. We need to read it, study it, and be instructed, for therein is the way of salvation. Now, notice that God’s Word shall not return to Him void, no, it will accomplish that which He pleases and prosper in the way He sent it. In Acts 2:23 we read, “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.” Scripture here and in many other passages, shows us that the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man, are to our finite understanding, two sides of the same coin. All God has eternally decreed, shall come to pass in such a way, that His purposes are fulfilled even through the wicked deeds of men, which men without any interference or injustice on the part of God, freely will desire to perform. How truly unsearchable are His ways. Sing Psalter #86.
November 8 Read Genesis 1:1-18
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created” (Rev. 4:11). Before Genesis 1:1 the universe was unborn, and creation existed only in the mind of the Creator. Yet at that moment, God was the Sovereign One. According to His eternal good pleasure, He could create or not create. He was sovereign in what to create, for who was there to resist His will? It was His sovereign right to create all things, as they do appear. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork” (Psa. 19:1). Now notice what we read in I Corinthians 15:41, “There is one glory of the sun, and another of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.” Why should the heavenly bodies differ so much? The answer of faith is, for Thy pleasure they are and were created so. Sing Psalter #37.
November 9 Read Genesis 1:20-25
In our scripture passage we see the power of God in the creation of fish, birds and animal. How does God create these creatures? We read in verse 20, “And God saith” therefore it is through His Word. We read in the Gospel according to John chapter 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.” And in Genesis 1:23 we read, “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” The work of the creation is sovereignly brought forth by the triune God. When we look at the animal kingdom we stand amazed by the variety. Variety in strength and beauty, compare a lion and a lamb, a bear and a goat, an elephant and a mouse. Some, like a horse, and a dog are gifted with great intelligence, while others like sheep or pigs are almost devoid of it. What is true of animals is also true of fish and birds. It is God’s good pleasure to make them so. He is sovereign. Sing Psalter #400.
November 10 Read Genesis 1:26-31
In the passage we have just read, we have an account of the creation of man, and that in God’s own image. To be created in God’s image means, to have true knowledge, righteousness and holiness. In Genesis 2:7 we receive greater detail in how we were created, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Man is to “have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (vs. 26b). Do we sufficiently think and act upon our calling to govern all things as those will have to give account of our stewardship here below? May we search out God’s will for us in the physical realm as we are commanded in the spiritual realm—to first seek His kingdom and its righteousness, knowing that God will grant us all things necessary. Sing Psalter #14.
November 11 Read I Corinthians 4:1-7
“For who maketh thee to differ from another? And what hast thou that thou didst not receive?” (vs. 7a). All that we are and have we owe to God. May we be found faithful in our calling here below, in whatever station of life this may be. We have seen the sovereignty of God displayed throughout His creation. In the human family also God’s sovereign work is revealed. To one, God grants five talents, to another, one talent. In the same family one is born with a robust constitution and another is frail and sickly. Some are born black, others white. Some are born with a temperament that is selfish, fiery, egotistical; others are naturally self-sacrificing, submissive and meek. There are those who are qualified to lead and rule, while others are only suited to follow and serve. Why are there these variations and inequalities? Why are we today in a church where the truth of scripture is proclaimed faithfully, week after week? In all things, it is God who makes us to differ one from another. Our reply must be, “Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Thy sight” (Matt. 11:26). Sing Psalter #332.
November 12 Read Genesis 6:17-22
On today’s meditation we shall concern ourselves with God’s sovereignty, as this relates to irrational creatures. A few days ago we saw how man received dominion, also over the irrational creatures. God brought each creature unto Adam to see what he would call them, (see Gen. 2:19) and whatsoever Adam called every creature, that was the name thereof. Again in our passage we read of the wondrous power of God in bringing to Noah, all kinds of animals, two of a kind, male and female. All were beneath God’s sovereign control. The lion, the elephant, the bear, the ferocious panther, the untamable wolf, the fierce tiger, the high soaring eagle, the creeping crocodile, and many others—see them all in their native fierceness, yet, quietly submitting to the will of their Creator, as they enter in to the ark. Now read I Kings 17:2-4 where the natural instinct of these birds of prey was held in subjection, and instead of consuming the food, they carried it to Jehovah’s servant in his solitary place. This we acknowledge as the sovereign work of God. Sing Psalter #15.
November 13 Read Proverbs 16:1-9
“In Him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). These words are addressed to a heathen audience, to those who worshiped “the unknown God” and who “mocked” when they heard of the resurrection of the dead. And yet the apostle Paul did not hesitate to affirm that they lived and moved and had their being in God, which signified not only that they owed their existence and preservation, to the One who made the world and all things therein, but also that their very actions were encompassed and therefore controlled by the Lord of heaven and earth. In Proverbs 19:21 we read, “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand” (Prov. 21:1), “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will.” Can anything be more explicit? Out of the heart are “the issues of life” (Prov. 4:23), for as a man “thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 3:27). Since the heart of man is in the hand of the Lord, all men are completely beneath the governmental control of the Almighty. Sing Psalter #270.
November 14 Read Matthew 24:29-31
Angels are God’s servants and messengers. They ever hearken to the word of His mouth, fulfilling His commands. Please look up the following Scripture passages: I Chronicles 21:15, 27, Acts 12:11, Revelation 22:6, Matthew 13:41, and verse 31 in our passage. God sovereignty controls them to do His will. This sovereign control is true of evil spirits also, they also fulfil His decrees. Read the following Scripture passages: Judges 9:23, I Kings 22:23, I Samuel 16:14, Matthew 8:31. All these verses clearly show that evil spirits are under the sovereign control of God. Yes, Satan himself is absolutely subject to God’s control. When arraigned in Eden, he listened to the awful sentence, but answered not a word. He was unable to touch Job until God granted him leave. He had to receive the Lord’s consent before he could “sift” Peter. When Christ commanded him to depart “Get thee hence Satan,” we read, “Then the devil leaveth Him” (Matt. 4:11). At the end of time, he will be cast into the lake of fire, which has been prepared for him and his angels. Sing Psalter #92.
November 15 Read Revelation 19:1-16
The Lord God omnipotent reigneth. His government is exercised over all inanimate matter, over all animate, including the fish of the sea, the fowl of the air, the beast of the field, over all creatures great and small, over the children of man, over angels good and evil, and over Satan himself. Dear reader, reflect on this truth for a moment, there would be no revolving world, no shining of the sun, moon or stars, no weather, no movement of any creature, no actions of man, no errands of angels, no deeds of the devil—in fact, nothing in all the vast universe can come to pass unless God has eternally purposed it. Here is the confidence of faith. Here is an anchor for the soul, both sure and steadfast. God omnipotent reigneth. It is not blind fate, unbridled evil, man or devil, but the Lord Almighty who is ruling the world—ruling it according to His own good pleasure, and for His own eternal glory. Sing Psalter #279.
November 16 Read Jonah 2
“Salvation is of the Lord” (vs. 9b), but the Lord does not save all. How are we to receive this? Is it because they are too sinful and depraved? This cannot be, for the apostle Paul in I Timothy 1:15 writes, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” God saving the chief of sinners, certainly has to mean that none are excluded because of their depravity. Are some too stony-hearted? No, this cannot be, we read in Ezekiel 11:19 b “and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh.” God, through the Holy Spirit, sovereignly applies the work of His Son to each and every one that has been ordained unto eternal life. Please read Articles 11 and 12, Heads 3 and 4, of the Canons. These are the blessings of all those who are called according to the election of grace. Of His own it is written in I John 5:20, “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true.” Faith is God’s gift, and “all men have not faith” (II Thes. 3:2 b). Sing Psalter #277.
November 17 Read Acts 13:42-52
Before the foundation of the world God made a choice, a selection, an election. From the whole of Adam’s race, He singled out a people and predestined them “unto the adoption of children,” to be conformed to the image of His Son, “ordained” them to eternal life. In verse 48b we read, “As many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” Here we learn four things. First, that believing is the consequence and not the cause of God’s decree. Second, that a limited number only are “ordained to eternal life,” as understood by the phrase “as many as,” not all men. Third, that the “ordination” of God is not to mere external privileges, but to “eternal life,” not to service, but to salvation itself. Fourth, that all, “as many as,” not one less, who are so ordained by God to eternal life, will most certainly believe. Election by God the Father is applied to us through the appropriate use of the means of grace. Sing Psalter #170.
November 18 Read Romans 3:10-20
Yesterday we confessed that God from eternity “ordained” a people unto Himself. Today we are going to take another look at the subjects of God’s predestinating grace. There are those, that refuse to acknowledge that truth of “Election,” they will invariably seek to find some cause outside God’s own will, which moves Him to bestow salvation on the sinner, something attributed to the creature which entitles him to receive mercy, at the hand of his Creator. What was there in the elect themselves which attracted God to them? Was it because they were “good” that God chose them? No; for our Lord said, “There is none good but one, that is God” (Matt. 19:17). Was it because of any good works they would perform? No, for it is written, “There is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Rom. 3:12). Was it because they would evidence an earnest zeal in inquiring after God? No, for it is written “There is none that seeketh after God” (Rom. 3:11). All of Adam’s race are dead in their trespasses and sins (see Eph. 2:1). The elect are “quickened” and believe through grace (see Acts 18:27). Sing Psalter #373.
November 19 Read Hebrews 10:1-17
For whom did Christ die? God, through His prophet, in Isaiah 53:10 and 11, says in part, “When Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed,” and that “He shall see of the travail of His soul and shall be satisfied,” and that God’s righteous servant “should justify many”. Here we NEED to pause a moment! How could it be certain that Christ should “see His seed” and “see of the travail of His soul and be satisfied,” unless the salvation of certain members of the human race had been divinely decreed, and therefore was sure? How could it be certain that Christ should “justify many,” if no effectual provision was made that any should receive Him as their Saviour? Therefore, as far as the pre-determined purpose of His death is concerned, Christ died for the elect only. Christ died not merely to make possible the salvation of all mankind, but to make certain the salvation of all that the Father had given Him. Christ died to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself (Heb. 9:26 b). Ever and only for the elect, the world of John 1:29, the world of God’s people. Sing Psalter #94.
November 20 Read John 6:32-44
Limited atonement, of necessity flows from the eternal choice of God the Father, of certain ones unto salvation. Of our Savior, before He became incarnate, it is written in Hebrews 10:7, “Then said He, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me) to do Thy will, O God.” And after He had become incarnate He declared, “For I come down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me.” Christ’s will was in perfect harmony with the will of the Father. Again and again our Savior refers to those whom the Father had given Him, those for whom He would shed His precious blood as a one and complete sacrifice for sin. In verse 40 we read, “And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that everyone which seeth the Son and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” How precious is this truth to us, may it evidence itself in a humble godly walk. Sing Psalter #217.
November 21 Read Isaiah 53
The Lord Jesus Christ is the sin bearing servant of Jehovah. On Calvary’s cross He sustained in body and soul the wrath of God against the sins of His people. In I Peter 2:24 we read, “Who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes we are healed.” Also see again verse 12 in our scripture passage. Therefore, God looked upon Christ’s sacrifice as propitiation, an appeasing of divine wrath, a satisfaction to divine justice and holiness. And that it was accepted by God was attested by the open grave three days later. We, as God’s people rejoice and acknowledge that Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary’s cross was a substitutionary atonement. The innocent taking the place of the guilty, the just dying for the unjust; that He might redeem us body and soul from everlasting damnation, and obtain for us the favor of God, in righteousness and holiness unto eternal life. Sing Psalter #47.
November 22 Read John 17
Shortly before His betrayal in the garden of Gethsemane, His suffering at the hands of Pilate, His crucifixion on Calvary’s cross, Christ prays for His own. Read that prayer often, for a source of comfort and strength. Christ having fulfilled all righteousness, is seated at the Father’s right hand, as the only great High Priest. As we read in Hebrews 9:24, “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.” That there may be no confusion to whom the “us” belong, we read in Hebrews 3:1 in part who are “partakers of the heavenly calling.” And again in Romans 8:33 and 34, “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” Sing Psalter #319.
November 23 Read John 15:18-27
Having completed His work on earth, Christ is received into heaven, as the Head of His church, by Whom the Father governs all things. Take note that it is through Christ that all things are governed. This grants us peace and contentment, amid all the troubles and cares of this present life. He is our Savior and Lord. What an unspeakable joy it is to know, that as a member of His body, we have a sure pledge, that where He is as our Head, we as members of His body shall be also. But, in the meantime our Savior does not leave us comfortless, notice what we read in John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My Name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Sing Psalter #76.
November 24 Read John 3:1-22
It is the Holy Spirit that quickens (Eph. 2:1). Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, is taught a fundamental truth concerning the kingdom of God. We read in verse 3b, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Also in verse 5b, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” In our Reformed terminology, regeneration is the term applied to the quickening of the Spirit, making us alive to spiritual things. Having been made alive, we need the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit, to apply the finished and completed work of Christ to us. How does the Holy Spirit apply this work to us? Readily it is acknowledged, through the inspired, infallible, Word of God, the Scriptures; and as we read in verse 8, sovereignly and mysteriously. Sing Psalter #140.
November 25 Read John 6:25-51
What is it that makes us to differ? Why are we able to respond to the gospel, with joy and gladness, while many become angry and openly reject this same gospel? In the context of our scripture passage, the day before, Jesus had miraculously fed the five thousand. Having given thanks, our Lord, took the five barley loaves and two small fishes, nourishing all. The remaining fragments filled twelve baskets. They sought the Lord for His physical provisions. When Christ explains that He is the true bread, which gives life to the world, and its implications, the Jews murmured at Him, in unbelief. Now back to our original questions. In verse 36 we read “But I said unto you, that ye also have seen me and believe not.” The following verse provides the answer, “All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out” (vs. 37). All those whom the Father has not given to the Son will not, and cannot come. We humbly acknowledge and bow before the sovereignty of God. Sing Psalter #260.
November 26 Read Acts 17:22-34
What is man’s responsibility before God? God created man good, in His own image, in true righteousness and holiness, through which man was able to rightly know God, his Creator, to love Him, and live in covenant fellowship with Him. But, in Genesis 3, we read that through the disobedience of Adam, original sin is extended to all mankind. Through this disobedience man’s whole nature is corrupted, having become totally depraved, incapable of doing any good and dead spiritually. Not only are we guilty in Adam, but we increase our guilt daily. God’s justice stands. He has not lowered His standards, due to our inability, because of our disobedience. God’s revealed will is plain: “repent and believe.” And all who do truly repent and believe are saved. Therefore, God does no injustice to the sinner. The obligation of Adam’s posterity is to love God, and to walk in obedience before Him. Man’s disobedience certainly did not remove his obligation or responsibility. Sing Psalter #338.
November 27 Read Psalm 92
“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto Thy Name, O Most High: To show forth Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness every night” (vss. 1, 2). It is Thanksgiving Day in the United States today. What a privilege it is, to go up to God’s house, to thank and praise Him for all His blessings. An opportunity to gather with family and friends, to partake of the good things of this earth. These are all blessings, to be received with thanksgiving. Often during this time, we reflect upon the material blessings God has granted. But as we learned earlier this month, it is the unseen, our spiritual treasure, that should engulf our praise and thanksgiving. May we by faith confess, what we read in Habakkuk 3:17 and 18, “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall not fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” Sing Psalter #250.
November 28 Read Romans 14
This past Wednesday we came to see that our responsibility does not change before God, due to our disobedience. We readily acknowledge that God had made us capable of performing His will perfectly. But, we willingly and wilfully deprived ourselves of God’s fellowship and communion. We placed our lot with the deceiver, and became his willing slaves. Still God’s command comes to each of us, love Me, with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. In verse 11 and 12 we read, “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” God will have His justice satisfied. The soul that has sinned shall die. But, thanks be to God, who Himself in Christ has become our salvation. “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17. Sing Psalter #90.
November 29 Read Jeremiah 29:1-14
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you” (vs. 11, 12). This is a most wonderful promise to each one of us. God will accomplish all His good pleasure, as eternally decreed. Take a moment to read Isaiah 55. We are commanded to drink deeply of the wells of salvation—namely, to use the means of grace, so richly provided. Then we will call upon the name of the Lord in prayer, seeking His honor and glory, confessing our own sin and unworthiness, pleading upon His mercy, for forgiveness, thanking Him for all His temporal and eternal blessings, and seeking Him for all our needs, ever and only in harmony with and in subjection to His Word and will. Therein is the sovereignty of God confessed and acknowledged. Not my will, but Thy will be done. Sing Psalter #235.
November 30 Read Romans 8:28-39
In these verses God grants to His people, the comfort and assurance of eternal security. Who are we, that such blessings should be ours? Yet they are freely bestowed upon us, through Christ’s atoning work. That it was God’s good, pleasure, to illuminate us, that we should be saved, while others are blinded, that they might perish, cannot but humble us to the dust. May we ever praise, honor and glorify our Lord and Savior in our daily walk, knowing and experiencing the comfort of Lord’s Day 1, “That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ; who, with His precious blood, hath fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto Him.” Sing Psalter #35.
October 1 Read Isaiah 6:1-3 and Revelation 15:1-4
“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory” (Isa. 6:3 b). “Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? For Thou only art Holy: for all nations shall come and worship before Thee; for Thy judgments are made manifest” (Rev. 15:4). The truth of God’s Holiness should create in us the same response as we read in Isaiah 6:5: “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips.” God demands that His people be holy as He is holy. What do we mere creatures of the dust; understand of the Holiness of God? God in His grace, mercy and wisdom has granted us His word, wherein we receive a glimpse of His infinite perfections. Above, and in all the attributes of God is His Holiness. There is no other, that He can be compared to. Who is able to stand before this Holy God? Both earth and heaven join in proclaiming the Holiness of God. May we add our voices in praise and adoration to the Holy One of Israel. As we go through this month we hope to explore the implications of knowing such a Holy God. Sing Psalter #266.
October 2 Read Exodus 28:36-39
Holiness to the Lord. Aaron and his sons were consecrated to the Lord. They stood between God and His people, set apart, to minister to the Lord, on behalf of the people. One of the meanings of holiness is all together “separate,” “undefiled.” Therefore their priestly garments also were holy; for glory and beauty. When you read the entire chapter from which our meditation is taken, you will stand in awe of the detail and purpose of these garments. In Psalm 5:5 we read, “Thou hatest all workers of iniquity,” and in Psalm 7:11, “God is angry with the wicked every day.” We, as well as the Israelites of old need a mediator. Their sacrifices, pointed to the reality, which Christ fulfilled in giving himself, as the one and complete sacrifice for sin on Calvary’s cross. Therefore do we confess Christ and Him crucified, indeed risen, seated at God’s right hand. From heaven He also rules all things, granting us His Holy Spirit, by which we may grow in knowledge, understanding and holiness. Therefore let us resist sin as this comes through the temptations of Satan, the world, and our own flesh. Sing Psalter #265.
October 3 Read II Corinthians 6:14-18
Yesterday we came to see that to be holy, we need to be separate from sin. In today’s meditation we will come to see some of the practical implications. We are told not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? What communion hath light with darkness? We have been set apart as God’s peculiar treasure, that we might show forth His praises. This cannot be done when we have friends that are not of God’s people. There is no common bond that could hold such a relationship together, for one is alive and the other dead to spiritual things. We who have received such a treasure, how can we but live a holy, sanctified life? For God has said “I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” (vs. 16b-18). May we hold fast to such a promise. Sing Psalter #89.
October 4 Read I Peter 2:1-10
What a privilege indeed it is that we may be living members of the body of Christ, the church. May it be our desire to have the sincere milk of the word, that we may grow thereby; having tasted that the Lord is gracious. “He has not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities” (Ps. 103:10). “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us” (Ps. 103:12). How thankful we are that God imputes the righteousness of Christ unto us, thereby granting unto us that holiness, without which, no one will see God. We are taught in this passage that we, as lively stones are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God, by Jesus Christ, who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Dear readers, do we sufficiently think and act upon the spiritual treasures that are ours; or do we seek this world’s so called treasures which will draw us away from the joy and comfort of knowing that we belong to Christ Jesus our Lord? Sing Psalter #277.
October 5 Read Psalm 138:1-8
The Sabbath was made for man; not man for the Sabbath. May that truth be seared in our conscience, that there may be a proper observance of the Lord’s Day. God provided the Sabbath that man might rest, rest from his own evil works and rest in that finished and completed work of Christ, on Calvary’s cross, having once for all removed the offence, thereby having reconciled us to God. Our Sabbaths need to reflect that reconciliation. We are free from the curse of sin, in fact in Christ, we are dead to sin, after the new life within, we long to be holy as He is Holy. Therefore let us mortify the deeds of the flesh and live in the spirit, doing those things that bring honor and glory to our King and are for the wellbeing of our neighbor. As the Psalmist says in verse 2: “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy loving kindness and for thy truth; for thou has magnified thy word above all thy name.” Please note with me, that the Word is our Lord and Savior, of whose body we are living members. God grant that our lives may, by His grace, reveal that relationship. Sing Psalter #381.
October 6 Read Psalm 5:1-8
“Who is like unto thee, 0 Lord, among the gods? who is like Thee, glorious in Holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Ex. 15:11). This verse is taken from the song of Moses, when God had led them through the Red Sea on dry ground; destroying the Egyptians, who had desired to overtake them. Throughout Scripture we see this two-fold work of God, on the one hand granting deliverance (salvation) to His people and on the other hand granting judgment and condemnation to the wicked. Psalm 5 is a meditation of king David, requesting that God will hear him. He acknowledges God’s holiness (see vs. 4-6). May we also know that we cannot come to God in our own strength and abilities, but confess with David, “I will come into Thy house in the multitude of Thy mercy; and in Thy fear will I worship toward Thy holy temple” (Ps. 5:7). Do we often pray that God would lead us in His righteousness, because of our enemies; that His way be made straight before us? That we may not give opportunity to the wicked who hate God and His word, to bring shame upon His name? Sing Psalter #11.
October 7 Read Romans 11:33-36
Our calling in this life is to do all to the honor and glory of God. Scripture clearly teaches that all that is not done in faith is sin. May our prayer be, “Lord, increase our faith.” We acknowledge and confess that the unseen is much more real than the seen. For all that we can see with our physical eyes, will be destroyed, but that which is unseen is eternal. In I Corinthians 13:13 we read “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” Knowing that all that we see with our physical eye shall be destroyed, what manner of people ought we to be? Should it not be our desire to more and more mortify the deeds of the flesh, and live in the Spirit, exercising the fruits of the Spirit in all lowliness of mind? The apostle Paul breaks out in a doxology in verse 33. In verse 36 he acknowledges that all things are of God, through God, and unto God: to whom be glory forever. That is our calling, not only to acknowledge but to live in harmony with that calling. Sing Psalter #76.
October 8 Read Isaiah 63:11-14
God is ever faithful to His covenant. The covenant as it was established in Genesis 3:15 “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” This basic covenant was renewed by God to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the saints throughout history in Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior. How often do we not read in Scripture, when God is pleased with his people, saying, “and I will show them my covenant.” This covenant is a covenant of friendship, in which God unilaterally acknowledges that he is our God and that He has chosen us, His people to be His own peculiar treasure, that we should show forth His praises. One might ask, what makes one to differ from another that God would place His love upon him? It certainly is not of merit or works that God chooses one over another, but it is His tender mercy in Christ Jesus, according to the election of grace and His eternal good pleasure. For God says, I will have mercy upon whom I will have mercy and whom I will I harden. God, who is Holy in all His ways, saves a people in Christ to bring honor to His glorious name. Ever thank Him for such a deliverance, providing evidence of that thankfulness in a life of obedience. Sing Psalter #65.
October 9 Read Psalm 145:15-21
Verse 17 reads, “The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and Holy in all his works.” Genesis 1:31 reads “And God saw all that He had made, and, behold, it was very good.” We must keep in mind that God is the only good. His works are pure and perfect as He is. He is wholly devoted to His own goodness and glory. For He alone is holy. Our righteousness and holiness are imputed to us, for Christ’s sake, who has purchased us with his precious blood. God alone is the Infinite Holy One, who displays that holiness in His word and law. Even though sinful man may not heed to that word, it will stand firm and endure forever. Man will pass away, like the flower of the field but God’s Word stands eternal in the heavens. “The Lord is nigh to all that call upon Him; to all that call upon Him in truth” (vs. 18). “He will fulfill the desire of them that fear Him: He will also hear their cry, and will save them” (vs. 19). These are comforting words for all who call upon Him in truth. There is in Scripture that contrast, as we saw yesterday in Genesis 3:15. The Lord preserveth all them that love Him: but all the wicked will He destroy. Sing Psalter #394.
October 10 Read Proverbs 3:31-35
In today’s meditation we are going to see that God’s holiness cannot tolerate sin. God’s holiness is the very antitheses of all moral blemish and defilement (II Chr. 20:21). God Himself singles out holiness as His perfection in Psalm 89:35: “Once have I sworn by my holiness.” Note that God swears by His holiness, because, that is a fuller expression of Himself than anything else. The law is holy and the commandment holy, just and good (Rom. 7:12). “The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether” (Ps. 19:8, 9). God loves everything that conforms to His laws, but the froward is an abomination to him. Man was created upright, in the image and likeness of God. Through the fall, man lost that image, having become Satan’s friend and God’s enemy. But God, who has loved us from eternity, sent His only begotten Son to pay the curse due to us on Calvary’s cross. God manifested His holiness in not tolerating sin, when our Savior cried out “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46). That cry went forth from our Savior’s lips, that we might never be forsaken of God. Oh, how wondrous is the grace of God to us poor and miserable sinners. Oh, that we would love Him more. Sing Psalter #1.
October 11 Read Hebrews 9:19-28
We have come to see that God demands holiness. “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times” (Ps. 12:6). “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean enduring forever, the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether” (Ps. 19:7-9). “Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good” (Rom. 7:12). “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (I Pet. 1:16). In the Old Testament after Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he would sprinkle the book and all the people with the blood of calves and goats. He was also commanded to sprinkle with blood the tabernacle and the vessels of the ministry. For without the shedding of blood, there could be no remission of sin. This was a picture or shadow of that which would purify, the atoning work of Christ, who is now as our High Priest in the presence of God, having fully and completely fulfilled the Holiness of God. He being our Head, and we His body will also appear in God’s presence, to praise, honor and glorify Him forever. Sing Psalter #38.
October 12 Read Psalm 30:1-12
One day in every seven. A day set aside for spiritual rest. A day to set aside our earthly burdens and cares. A day to rest from all the earthly and lift our hearts up on high, where, as we saw yesterday, our High Priest has gone before us; there to prepare a place for us, in that house of many mansions. May we with the psalmist give thanks at the remembrance of His Holiness. Many trials and temptations may confront us on our sojourn here below. We know that His anger is but for a moment, in His favor is life. May our lives be ever guided by His council, granting us the grace and ability and willingness to follow. Our prayer is that our heavenly Father will have mercy upon us, continuing to be our present help, that we may experience the blessing of His sanctuary, as we worship Him in Spirit and Truth, namely, in Christ Jesus our Lord. God grant us to prosper spiritually, that in the week to come we may reflect His will and way. Sing Psalter #77.
October 13 Read Psalm 107:8, 15, 21, 31, 42 and 43
Dear readers, it would be good if you read the whole Psalm. It speaks of the thanksgiving we owe to the Lord, in the various situations of life. It is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. God’s people are the only ones who are able to give thanks. The unregenerate cannot thank God, for he hates God and his neighbor. He loves himself, therefore to be thankful is not in his nature. As you have noticed the phrase “Oh that men would praise (or give thanks—WL) the Lord for his goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men” is found four times in this Psalm. And that just prior to each occurrence, having experienced the heavy hand of God in their lives, we read “Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He saveth them out of their distresses” (Ps. 107:6, 13, 19 and 21). It is quite evident that thanksgiving is not limited to one day per year, but that our hearts and lives must be in obedience, thank God everyday for all His blessings, especially the blessing of salvation. Sing Psalter #297.
October 14 Read Nahum 1:2-6
The unregenerate do not really believe in the Holiness of God. There are many, in which can only be called nominal Christendom, who have a conception of his character, that is all together one-sided. They fondly hope that His mercy will over-ride everything else. They only think of a “god” patterned after their own evil hearts. Psalm 50:21 reads “Thou thoughtest that I was altogether such a one as thyself.” “For our God is a consuming fire” (Heb. 12:29), to all that do not serve Him acceptably with reverence and godly fear. Those that wish to speak of the love of God, apart from the justice of God, have an idol as their “god.” They do not know the Holy One of Israel, whose attributes are One. Therefore we read in our Scripture passage, “The Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserveth wrath for His enemies” (vs. 2). “Who can stand before His indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of His anger?” (vs. 6). As we saw yesterday, may we ever show thanks to God, who has saved us from eternal death and has granted us eternal life, not of merit, but by grace. Sing Psalter #137.
October 15 Read II Chronicles 20:20-30
Yesterday we saw that God takes vengeance on His adversaries. Today we will see how God fights for His people. The armies of the children of Ammon, Moab and mount Seir have come up against Judah. Judah is no match for such an array of power. Jehoshaphat, in this hour of need goes to the house of God, imploring God, for His great mercy and faithfulness, to help. God’s reply comes through Jahaziel, “Ye need not to fight in this battle: set yourselves (position yourselves—WL), stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord” (vs. 17). In the morning the people rise early, the vanguard are appointed singers, praising the beauty and holiness of the Lord. As they march forward they say, “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endureth forever” (vs. 21). God sends great confusion, in that the enemy fight each other—Ammon and Moab against Seir; the children of Mount Seir being destroyed. Ammon and Moab destroy each other. Judah thereupon was able to take the spoil, in great abundance. A tremendous example that the battle is not ours, but the Lord’s, this being most evident when Christ offered himself on Calvary’s cross for our salvation. Sing Psalter #211.
October 16 Read I Peter 1:13-21
Thus far we have come to see that God in His holiness is altogether separate from sin. He cannot look upon sin, but to punish it in His just wrath with eternal death. For all His children, that just wrath was poured upon the Lord Jesus, who in humble obedience, bore that eternal wrath on Calvary’s cross. Thereby having been highly exalted at God’s right hand, Christ receives all power and authority. When all His and our enemies, including death, are destroyed, then shall all things be put under Him. Yet, the Son shall be subject to the Father, who placed all things under Him, that God may be all in all. The gospel has been granted us, that we may be part of the body of Christ, through adoption. How unspeakable is the gift of God to usward. How do we respond to such a salvation, to such a call to be holy? Do we truly have a passion for holiness? Dear reader, if we have tasted that the Lord is good, how can we but have a burning desire to be holy? No, not to be equal, for that would be blasphemous: rather, that in our daily walk, we advance in that direction more and more. We confess that even the holiest of men, have but a small beginning. We should remember that not only are we told what our duty is, but that God also adds, “I am He that sanctifieth you.” How wonderful it is when God not only grants us salvation, but also provides every part of the working out of our salvation till we reach our eternal home. Sing Psalter #304.
October 17 Read Philippians 2:9-13
Yesterday we were commanded to be holy as God is holy. Today we are commanded to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. First and foremost it must be said that this working out of our salvation can ever only be accomplished as we are in Christ, for example, Christ is the vine and we are the branches. Then our desire will be to freely give of our talents for the enrichment of the whole. As we read in the first part of the chapter: “to be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind let each esteem the other better than themselves.” It will be beneficial to read the complete chapter—space does not allow the depth that is there. How do we understand the phrase “with fear and trembling”? First of all, this is not a dreadful fear, such as the unbeliever has when faced with a just God, in his sin. This fear of which Scripture speaks is a reverence and awe, being afraid to offend God in any way (see Gen. 39:9). It is a wholeheartedness and trust in God, in total humility of heart, desiring to do all things to His honor and glory. Sing Psalter #50.
October 18 Read Psalm 43:1-5
We certainly can identify with the apostle Paul in Romans 7:21-25. Paul delights in the law of God, after the inward man, but finds his sinful nature warring against that law. To the end that the very things he desires to do, he doesn’t, and the things that he hates, he does. Which brings out his and our cry “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Rom. 7:24). Verse 25 gives the comforting answer. Let us go to Psalm 43; we live in a world that is not a friend to grace. We can easily become discouraged. There are many pressures that would force us to conform. It is not popular to be a Christian, as we live in a post Christian era. God and His word are not tolerated in the public sphere. As God’s people we are called upon to be His witnesses: Therefore our cry is “O, send out Thy light and Thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto Thy Holy hill, and to Thy tabernacles” (vs. 2). Tomorrow is Sunday, when God is pleased to nourish and strengthen us in His house. Never neglect to gather there as the Body of Christ to partake of the chief means of grace. Sing Psalter #120.
October 19 Read Isaiah 57:15-21
Today, the Lord willing, we shall gather together, in various congregations, as the body of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us for a moment think upon the privilege that is ours. There are many fellow saints throughout the world, that would give literally anything, to sit under the pure preaching of the Word. With what attitude of mind do we appear before our Maker? Did we refrain from earthly activities sufficiently early on Saturday, so that our minds were able to reflect upon the spiritual, as we busied ourselves in those matters? We certainly cannot come properly prepared for worship, when our heart and mind are on the temporal things of the earth. Read again the Scripture passage. He is the High and Lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy, and will dwell with such as come in humility, with a broken spirit and a contrite heart. To those He grants healing, restoration, and a peace that passes all understanding. Such worship God in Spirit and in Truth, being fed unto life eternal. Sing Psalter #85.
October 20 Read Romans 6:11-18
To have an appreciation of our salvation in Christ; it is imperative to know and understand the truths of Scripture. Those truths will, no doubt, when received in faith, bring us to a greater passion, for holiness in our lives. In the passage above the apostle Paul directs us in an understanding of sin and grace. In verse 14 he says “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” All men by nature are under the law, for all have sinned. Now we hear the gospel—ye are not under the law, but under grace. Come and see, the first part of Chapter 6 provides the answer. The believer is regarded as having died in Christ, and by that death has the curse of the law removed from him. He is now dead to sin, and alive unto God. Therefore, sin shall not have dominion over him. By His spirit we are made willing and able to walk in the commandments of the Lord. No, we are not perfect, but we are justified, and as such, long to grow in a life of sanctification (holiness); ever mortifying the deeds of the flesh. Sing Psalter #60.
October 21 Read Psalm 119:129-136
The Psalmist here provides a wonderful understanding of the way to holiness. There is a love for God’s word, a realization that the Word gives light and understanding. His response is to pant with open mouth, longing for the commandments of the Lord. Recognizing his own unworthiness, he pleads upon the mercy of God, but with confidence. Being assured of God’s love, he desires to walk in His ways, praying that no iniquity may have dominion over him. Realizing his weaknesses, he prays to be kept from the oppression of man, thereby being able to keep God’s precepts. His desire is that God’s favor rests upon him, and that he be taught God’s statutes. He expresses extreme sorrow for the disregard of God’s laws. Dear reader, is the above our experience? May it be so! Then truly our steps will be ordered according to God’s word, and our prayer will be, let not any iniquity have dominion over me. Sing Psalter #327.
October 22 Read II Corinthians 6:14-18, 7: 1
There are many blessings we daily experience. But no greater blessings than that we have in our passage today. Chapter 7 begins with the phrase “Having therefore these promises.” Let us together take a moment to look at those promises. The apostle is referring to the indwelling of God, “I will dwell in them” God has been pleased to make the bodies of His people to be temples of the Holy Spirit. The next promise is divine communion, “I will dwell in them and walk in them.” God is not to us afar off, but near. We can tell Him all our heart, he will also tell us His: for “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and He will shew them His covenant” (Ps. 25:14). Another promise is that of covenanting, “and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” God has entered into covenant relations with us, binding Himself to us by promise and oath. In addition to all this we have divine adoption, whereby God is a Father to us, and we may be His sons and daughters. Do we prize our salvation sufficiently? Maybe this is where so often our doubts and fears arise from. May we ever rejoice in the blessedness of our life in Christ. Sing Psalter #68.
October 23 Read Galatians 2:16-21
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me” (vs. 20). Does not this verse motivate us to obedience and holiness? It can hardly be otherwise. Christ on Calvary’s cross represented all God’s people, therefore the dying of Christ was the dying of all the elect. The life we now live is in Christ, He is the source, we receive grace upon grace, all that we are we owe to Him. Our present existence is a life we live by faith in the Son of God. Every moment of our life is to be of faith. We make a grave mistake when we try to walk by feeling or sight. Recall the precious truth that Christ has loved us eternally (see Ps. 139:15, 16). Our Lord and Savior not only gave all that He had, but He gave Himself. We are one with Him, He is the head, we are the body. Never shall we be separated. Therefore the world has nothing in us, as it had nothing in Him. Sing Psalter #383.
October 24 Read I John 3:1-7
As we sojourn here below there are many trials and temptations. We are confronted with many problems and cares. There are some concerns that nearly overwhelm us. Our threefold enemy assaults us, ever attempting to lead us on the broad way. But in our passage we read of that wonderful hope that is ours. When Christ shall appear, we shall be like Him. Such treasure in earthen vessels! Having this hope, we purify ourselves, and live a life of gratitude, which will lead to holiness. As a believer, led of the Spirit, we will also feel that holiness is a part of our expectations, for we expect to be like Christ. Then we will feel the need to put away all sin, purifying ourselves from all evil company. Our desire will be to seek friends of God’s people. In all our activities we need to ask, will this offend God? For if it is necessary, it is better to offend man than God. How often to our shame is not the reverse our situation. Sing Psalter #202.
October 25 Read I Peter 2:19-25
Each child of God stands in awe and profound admiration that God, of His own good pleasure, has chosen him unto eternal life. In Adam we had the sentence of death upon us. For God had said, in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die. God will have His justice satisfied, in requiring the same human nature which had sinned to make satisfaction for sin. Here is displayed the wonder of God’s grace, in that He sent His only begotten Son, born of the virgin Mary, to take on the human nature for His suffering and death. This wonder of God’s grace was substitutionary. Jesus, who knew no sin, became sin for us, and upon Him was laid the iniquity of us all. Therefore when He cried, “It is finished,” we His own, now being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness. Through his stripes we are healed. How unspeakable the love of God. Sing Psalter #376.
October 26 Read Psalm 65:1-4
“Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple” (vs. 4). Have we truly knowledge and experience of the blessedness of which the psalmist speaks? Is it with eager expectation that we gather this day, to approach unto God? Are we hungering and thirsting for that living water? Do we desire to drink deeply from the wells of salvation? Have we laid aside all sin, that in the beauty of holiness we may appear before Him? Yes, then we may draw near and dwell in His courts, with humility and lowliness of heart. Knowing that God is pleased with a broken spirit and contrite heart. Then it will be our only desire to worship at His footstool, we who are nothing in ourselves. Having not only received the blessings of His salvation, but in addition His word, to be the light upon our pathway. There is no greater joy and satisfaction, but to experience the oneness we have in our Lord and Savior. When you read the complete Psalm you will see the manifold blessing that God bestows upon His people. May we be reminded that the Lord’s Day is set aside for us, that we may seek and have fellowship with God and His people. Dear reader, never, no never use the Lord’s day for your own worldly activities; we are to keep it holy, for God has blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it, for it is a foretaste of our eternal Sabbath. Sing Psalter #276.
October 27 Read Galatians 6:7-15
God calls us to a life of holiness. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (vs. 7). To sow to one’s flesh is to look forward to the desires of this present life, without regard to the future life. To sow to the spirit is to have regard for God, to seek His kingdom, His righteousness. It is to be spiritually minded, knowing that you do not belong to yourself, but, to your faithful savior Jesus Christ. In our calling to holiness, we confess that Christ has redeemed us, with His precious blood. Therefore, the good works we perform are of His grace and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Through the performing of good works, we receive the assurance of faith, living in gratitude before Him. In addition, we confess that our good works, do not merit any reward with God, for even our best works are stained with sin. Always remember, that our good works are the fruit of our adoption in Christ, whose work God rewards, in the blessings of our salvation. Yet, it is our nature to desire merit before God through our good works, but that would require a total obedience to every precept of God’s law perfectly. How incapable are we from that perfection, in our sinful flesh! Yes, our calling is to do good works, which, by God’s grace we may accomplish, by a true faith, according to God’s word, and always to His glory. Then will we sow unto life eternal, proclaiming with the apostle Paul “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (vs. 14). Sing Psalter #123.
October 28 Read Psalm 119:17-24
The test of our character will be most evident in our deepest and dearest longings. Our longings are more inward and more near to our real self than our outward acts; they are more natural in that they are free and beyond compulsion or restraint. As we long in our hearts, so we are. Now the question, do we have holy longings? The Psalmist in verse 20 proclaims “My soul breaketh for the longing it hath unto Thy judgments at all times.” David here pours out his soul, saying that he is heart-broken, longing for, and to know God’s revealed will. We often call upon God in our distress, but David desires to know that will at all times. In verse 33 we are told that the psalmist longed to obey God’s word. When we truly know God, we will have a yearning to walk in the way of His commandments, more and more to conform to the judgments of God. Now judgments here are synonymous with His revealed will. May we also experience that heartfelt longing for the Word, evident in our lives. “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matt. 7:20). Sing Psalter #322.
October 29 Read Matthew 5:1-12
The Scripture passage of today is known as the beatitudes. We shall not at this time do a study of them, except for verse 8, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Purity of heart is universally acknowledged to be the mother of all virtues. Impurity of heart is the cause of our spiritual blindness. This spiritual blindness becomes evident when we seek to fulfill the desires of the flesh. We live for this present world, all our activities reflect the so called pleasures of this life. Purity of heart, on the other hand, reveals to us a most glorious sight. We come to see God, not only in His creation, but in His holiness, through the inspired Word. We see Jesus, made a little lower than the angles, for His suffering and death, then gloriously exalted above all, “that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess, that He is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” To the pure of heart, God will show His covenant and all the wonders of salvation, and yet even more. For we are told that “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him” (I Cor. 2:9). Sing Psalter 425.
October 30 Read Psalm 101:1-8
“I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt Thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart” (vs. 2). David, the man after God’s own heart, composed this Psalm. He was about to become king in Israel. The Lord had appointed him to be king. He purposes in all things to behave as becometh a monarch. Re-read the entire Psalm, notice how David excludes the proud heart, the high look, the secret slanderer, the deceitful worker, the teller of lies, from dwelling in his house or tarrying in his presence. God has chosen us to salvation, it is His good pleasure to grant us the Kingdom. As prophets, priests and kings may it be our resolve to behave wisely in a perfect way. “O when wilt Thou come unto me?” (vs. 2). Teach us Thy statutes, that we may have wisdom and understanding. Then will we walk uprightly, not only where others can see, but more so within our own homes and families. Such is the holy resolve of His children. Sing Psalter #271.
October 31 Read Isaiah 35:1-10
In verse 8, we read in part that a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The Way of Holiness. Our salvation was planned from all eternity. A highway and a way has been provided. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). God spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all. Thereby, laying a firm foundation for the highway that would throughout the ages bring His children home. We glory in the fact that we are on our way to God and shall soon behold Him, whom not having seen, we love, and in whom believing we even now rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory (I Pet. 1:8). We need to take heed and realize that there is no way to heaven but by holiness. “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matt. 7:14). Are we traveling on the Way to Holiness? “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” (Matt. 7:13). Many battles have been fought to maintain and hold fast the truth of God’s Word. As Reformed Christians we commemorate on this day, the great Protestant Reformation. We cling to the truth, Scripture alone, as the basis for faith and life, and that blessed truth, justification by faith alone, apart from works. To God be all the glory, and praise, for His unspeakable gift, in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Sing Psalter #225.