I will keep your law continually, forever and ever.
(Psalm 119:44 ESV)
We speak of heaven; but oh! to be there! To be engaged throughout eternity in the service of love to a God of love! In one day’s continuance in the path of obedience even here, in the midst of the defilement which stains our holiest services, how sweetly do the moments roll away! But to be ever employed for Him, in that place, where “there shall in no wise enter anything that defiles”-this gives an emphasis and a dignity to the heavenly joy, which may well stamp it as “unspeakable and full of glory.” May we not then encourage the hope, that the Lord is making us meet for heaven, by the strength and constancy of our desires to keep the laws of God? And is it not evident, that heaven itself can afford no real delight to one, who feels the service of God on earth to be irksome? He stands self-excluded by the constitution of his nature, by the necessity of the case. He has no heart for heaven, no taste for heaven, no capacity for enjoyment of heaven-”He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; and he who is holy, let him be holy still.”
Heavenly, gracious Father! who and what are we, that our hearts should be made the unworthy recipients of Your grace? that our will should be subdued into “the obedience of faith?” and that we should be permitted to anticipate that blessed period, when we shall “keep Your law continually, forever and ever?” May this prospect realize the happiness of our present obedience! May He, who has “bought us with a price” for His glory, reign in our hearts, and live upon our lips; that each of us may have His mark upon our foreheads- the seal of His property in us, and of our obligation to Him-”Whose I am, and whom I serve!”1