Meditation for Sunday, July 23.

“The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.”

Ps. 37:31.

Here is a man who has God’s Word in his heart and you notice that he takes pains about his steps. A step is a very little thing. We must take a good many hundreds of steps to walk a mile, but good men take notice of little things. The man who has the Law of God in his heart is scrupulous and conscientious about thoughts and imaginations, as well as about words and actions. Hence, the promise in the text is suited to him, for it is a promise about little things—”None of his steps shall slide.” I recollect—no, I hope it is so with me still—but I recollect that just after my conversion, I used to be almost afraid to put one foot before the other lest I should put it down in the wrong place. And often have I paused, when I was speaking, for fear I would not say the right word. That holy caution is most commendable in all who have it. I wish that many more had it. What a hop, skip and jump some men’s lives are! Not only do they not look before they leap, but they do not even seem to look after they have leaped! They rush on blindly and heedlessly, presuming where they ought to be praying and self-confident where they ought, with deep repentance, to be humbling themselves before God! Our old proverb says, “Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves.” And the same rule applies to our actions. If we are careful about our little actions, the great ones will be pretty sure to be right. Oh, that we were all very guarded about how we act at home! Oh, that we were careful about our speech as we sit around the tea table! Such a little thing as that may do almost infinite mischief. I believe the worst evils in the world arise out of little things. It is said that the seed of mischief is as small as a gnat’s egg, and so it is. Then, look well to those gnat’s eggs, lest they hatch out far greater evils.

When David says, “The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide,” what does he mean by that last clause? He means that God will guide him. As he has God’s Law in his heart, he will have God’s guidance for his steps! In the 23rd verse, David says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delights in His way.” When a man really carries God’s Law in his heart, God will take care that he does not carry that Law into any evil place, for, as David goes on to say, “the Lord upholds him with His hand.” There will come to every man, whoever or whatever he may be, sudden assaults of temptation—but if the Law of his God is in his heart, he will be forewarned and forearmed against them! There will also come the long sieges of temptation and many a man has fallen by little and little. But if the Law of his God is in his heart, he will be safe against even them.                           C.H. Spurgeon

Announcements for Sunday, July 23.

  • Give thanks to the Lord that Elisabeth Heikoop has returned home from Sumba, Indonesia, and has recovered from her fever.
  • And Mrs. Gary Kwekel hope to commemorate their 62 nd wedding anniversary on Saturday, July 29. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. Lam. 3:24, 25.
  • There will no midweek service for the month of August.
  • There will bea lay preaching class on Wednesday, August 2.
  • The July Mission offering is for Bonisa Mission. Bonisa Mission is an interdenominational Reformed organization committed to supporting Christian churches in China. Bonisa Mission distributes Bibles and Christian literature, supports the training of pastors, and supplies material and medical assistance to the poor, handicapped and elderly.
  • A Bible studywill be held next Sunday in the church lower level at 4:45 pm. The subject of the study is 2 2.

Announcements for Sunday, July 16.

  • Please pray for Elissa Vander Boon as she returns to her work in Sumba, Indonesia.
  • As discussed in the congregational meeting, the monthly schedule for the second offerings has changed to:

1st Sunday           Benevolent

2ndSunday           CEF

3rdSunday            Building

4thSunday            Mission

5thSunday            CEF

A monthly Mission offering allows the opportunity for our church to contribute to the dissemination of the gospel and helping those in need in various locations throughout the world every month. We remain committed to supporting the education of those students from our church who are enrolled in Plymouth Christian Schools, but as there are less students than in past years, we hope to provide that same level of support with a smaller number of CEF offerings. We thank the congregation for their past financial support of these offerings and pray the Lord will continue to incline hearts to give.

  • The July Mission offering is for Bonisa Mission. Bonisa Mission is an interdenominational Reformed organization committed to supporting Christian churches in China. Bonisa Mission distributes Bibles and Christian literature, supports the training of pastors, and supplies material and medical assistance to the poor, handicapped and elderly.
  • A Bible studywill be held today in the church lower level at 4:45 pm. The subject of the study is 2 1.

 

Meditation for Sunday, July, 16.

These prayers are two of the closing prayers from the sermons John Calvin preached as he went through the book of Hosea.

“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.” Hosea 2:14.

Grant, Almighty God, that since we are at this day as guilty before thee as the Israelites of old were, who were so rebellious against thy Prophets, and that as thou hast often tried sweetly to allure us to thyself without any success, and as we have not hitherto ceased, by our continual obstinacy, to provoke thy wrath, – O grant, that being moved at least by the warnings thou givest us, we may prostrate ourselves before thy face, and not wait until thou puttest forth thy hand to destroy us, but, on the contrary, strive to anticipate thy judgment; and that being at the same time surely convinced that thou art ready to be reconciled to us in Christ, we may flee to Him as our Mediator; and that relying on his intercession, we may not doubt but that thou art ready to give us pardon, until having at length put away all sins, we come to that blessed state of glory which has been obtained for us by the blood of thy Son. Amen.

Grant, Almighty God, that as thou hast not only of late adopted us as thy children, but before we were born, and as thou hast been pleased to sign us, as soon as we came forth from our mother’s womb, with the symbol of that holy redemption, which has been obtained for us by the blood of thy only begotten Son, though we have by our ingratitude renounced so great a benefit, – O grant, that being mindful of our defection and unfaithfulness, of which eve are all guilty, and for which thou hast justly rejected us, we may now with true humility and obedience of faith embrace the grace of thy gospel now again offered to us, by which thou reconciles thyself to us; and grant that we may steadfastly persevere in pure faith, so as never to turn aside from the true obedience of faith, but to advance more and more in the knowledge of thy mercy, that having strong and deep roots, and being firmly grounded in the confidence of sure faith, we may never fall away from the true worship of thee, until thou at length receives us in to that eternal kingdom, which has been procured for us by the blood of thy only Son. Amen.

Announcements for Sunday, July 9.

  • Tonight – The youth group singing will be held at the church in the lower level.
  • A Bible study will be held next Sunday in the church lower level at 4:45 pm. The subject of the study is 2 Thes. 1.

Meditation for Sunday, July 9.

“The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.” Ps. 37:31..

“The Law of his God is in his heart,” has a third meaning, namely, that he obeys it, for the heart is the most influential organ of the body. What is done in the heart affects every part of the man. Disease there means that the man, as a whole, cannot be well. If the heart’s affections are set on God, all is right, for the intent, the motive, sways the man. “As he thinks in his heart, so is he.” If your heart’s eyes are single, your whole body shall be full of light! But if your heart’s eyes are evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If the Law of God is in the heart, then every pulsing of that cerebral organ will affect the entire man. If the man has led an evil life, he will be altogether changed by it. And if, through the restraining Grace of God, he has been somewhat better than others, the Law of his God will operate in his heart and life and do for him all that he could well desire to have done as he yields obedience to it.

To have the Law of God in your heart means, in fact, that you live by it—that you have the Gospel as the food of your soul and that you have the Christ of the Gospel as your hope for eternity. The heart is that by which we live, so, if the Law of God is in our heart, we shall live by it and draw our comfort, as well as our sustenance from it. Let each one judge how far this is true concerning himself. We are not perfect, but we wish we were—and this proves that the Law of our God is in our heart. We sin, but we grieve that we sin—and this proves that there is within us a longing for perfect holiness. We say, with the Apostle Paul, “To will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not… When I would do good, evil is present with me.” Yet that willng and wouldng prove that our heart has the Law of God within it! God looks upon you, dear Friends, very much according to what you desire to be. And if there is, in your soul, strong pangs of desire after that which is perfect, He accepts those desires and blesses you through Christ Jesus, His Son. John Bunyan used to put it in one of his simple allegories something like this. He says, “you want a man to fetch a doctor, and you tell him to be quick. So he mounts his horse, but it is a sorry jade, and very lame, and cannot go fast, yet you see that your man would fly if he could, for he is whipping and spurring the creature with all his might to try to make it go. So,” says Bunyan, “the Lord often sees that the spirit is willing—whipping and spurring, but the flesh is weak—like the lame horse. He sees what His servants would gladly be and accepts them as if they were really so.” It is well for us that we have so gracious a Master who looks so favorably upon our imperfect service! Have the Law of God in your hearts, my Brothers and Sisters, and albeit that you are foolish today, you will conquer some of those follies tomorrow. And you will, by God’s Grace, go on to conquer more and more, until the Law, written on your heart, shall also be written on all your members and you shall be presented spotless and faultless before the Throne of God!  C H Spurgeon

Announcements for Sunday, July 2.

  • The family camp registration page is now open on our website.You will also find information in your mailbox.  We would like all registrations to be submitted by July 25.
  • The collections for June 2017 are as follows:

General $6,479.20

CEF $   872.00

Building $1,328.00

Benevolent $   346.00

  • A Bible study will be held today in the church lower level at 4:45 pm. The subject of the study is 1 5.

Meditation for Sunday, July 2.

“Hitherto the LORD hath helped us.” 1 Sam. 7:12.

I said this text might be read three ways. We have read it once by laying stress upon the center word. Now it ought to be read looking backward. The word “hitherto” seems like a hand pointing in that direction. Look back, look back. Twenty years—thirty—forty—fifty—sixty—seventy—eighty—”hitherto!” say that each of you. Through poverty—through wealth—through sickness—through health—at home—abroad—on the land—on the sea—in honor—in dishonor—in perplexity—in joy—in trial—in triumph—in prayer—in temptation—hitherto. Put the whole together. I like sometimes to look down a long avenue of trees. It is very delightful to gaze from end to end of the long vista, a sort of leafy temple with its branching pillars and its arches of leaves. Cannot you look down the long aisles of your years, look at the green boughs of mercy overhead, and the strong pillars of lovingkindness and faithfulness which bear your joys? Are there no birds in yonder branches singing? Surely, there must be many. And the bright sunshine and the blue sky are yonder; and if you turn round in the far distance, you may see heaven’s brightness and a throne of gold. “Hitherto! hitherto!”
Then the text may be read a third way,—looking forward. For when a man gets up to a certain mark and writes “hitherto,” he looks back upon much that is past, but “hitherto” is not the end, there is yet a distance to be traversed. More trials, more joys; more temptations, more triumphs; more prayers, more answers; more toils, more strength; more fights, more victories; more slanders, more comforts; more lions and bears to be fought, more tearings of the lion for God’s Davids, more deep waters, more high mountains; more troops of devils, more hosts of angels yet. And then come sickness, old age, disease, death. Is it over now? No, no, no! We will raise one stone more when we get into the river, we will shout Ebenezer there: “hitherto the Lord hath helped us,” for there is more to come. An awakening in his likeness, climbing of starry spheres, harps, songs, palms, white raiment, the face of Jesus, the society of saints, the glory of God, the fullness of eternity, the infinity of bliss. Yes, as sure as God has helped so far as to-day, he will help us to the close. “I will never leave thee, I will never forsake thee; I have been with thee, and I will be with thee to the end.” Courage, brethren, then; and as we pile the stones, saying, “Hitherto the Lord hath helped us,” let us just gird up the loins of our mind, and be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be revealed in us, for as it has been, so it shall be world without end.

Rev. C H Spurgeon