How frustrating and frightening it would be if a loved one has been seriously injured, and we cannot contact a doctor, ambulance, or hospital because the phone has been made useless by the storm. How much more disappointing and frightening it would be if we try to call upon God for help, and He cannot hear us because we are too far away from Him.
That, of course, can never happen, because He is the everywhere present God, Who is in every atom of every creature, and in His mercy and grace is in every one of His born-again children.
Of this the psalmist speaks when in Psalm 119:151 he says, ‘Thou art near, O Lord, and all thy commandments are truth.” This he had written after stating in this section of the Psalm, “I cried to thee with my whole heart… I cried unto thee; save me…” and “Hear my voice according to thy loving kindness.”
But he had also written about his enemies that they deny God and His law. They follow mischief and are far from His law. Thus they maintain that God does not exist, and that therefore His laws are nonsense. If there is no God, why keep the law which we claim He made? But the psalmist confesses in verse 152, “Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them forever.”
That we do well to keep in mind. God not only hears our cries, but His commandments are very real. We were created in them. They were not added to us after we were made. As a fish cannot live outside of the water, so we can¬not live outside of God’s law wherein we were created. Outside of that law is death for man. God’s commandments very really and assuredly are truth. Let no enemy of God ever make you believe otherwise. The enemies who follow after mischief, that is, after deceit, trickery, are fools. They are far from God’s law; and God’s law is the only place wherein man can live. Sing this truth:
Thou Lord, art near to me,
And true are Thy commands;
Of old Thy testimonies show
Thy truth eternal stands.
Read: Psalm 19
Psalter versification: 339:4
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.