It is understandable that at times we wonder why God sends us this or that affliction. We are not always ready to say with the psalmist in Psalm 119:71, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted: that I might learn thy statutes.” Aches and pains in our flesh, sorrows and bereavements, losses and ridicule are not pleasant, and we can easily think along the lines of Asaph in Psalm 77:9, “Hath God forgotten to be gracious? Hath He in anger shut up his tender mercies?” We do judge what happens to our flesh as evidence of, or look for evidence of God’s grace and mercy, in earthly things.
We do well, therefore, to be reminded of what God Him-self declares to us in Psalm 121:7, 8, namely, “The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out, and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” Look first, we are here taught, at what God has done for your soul, and let what you find teach you that what He does with your flesh in no way denies that He is preserving you for the glory He promised in Christ.
Your soul He washed from all of its guilt, through the blood of His Son; and that soul by a rebirth through His Spirit He has renewed. Be assured then that no evil, that is, nothing that can keep you from the heavenly glory which He promised, will in any way and at any time interfere with your advance to heavenly glory.
Your going out of health and into sickness, your going out of your home and into the hospital, yea, your going out of this life and into death and the grave will in no sense keep you from everlasting blessedness. Be sure that all is well, for you are preserved by the almighty God, whom no one or nothing can prevent from fulfilling His promises.
Sing it then with enthusiasm and to His praise:
From ev’ry evil shall He keep thy soul, From ev’ry sin;
Jehovah shall preserve thy going out, Thy coming in;
Above thee watching, He Whom we adore
Shall keep thee henceforth, yea, for evermore.
Read: Psalm 119:65-72
Psalter versification: 347:4
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.