Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Calvin: the honor of beauty

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
    Feast of Saints & Martyrs of England
The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they display knowledge.
    —Psalm 19:1-2 (NIV)
    It is no small honour that God for our sake has so magnificently adorned the world, in order that we may not only be spectators of this beauteous theatre, but also enjoy the multiplied abundance and variety of good things which are presented to us in it. Our gratitude in yielding to God the praise which is his due, is regarded by him as a singular recompense.
    ... John Calvin (1509-1564), Commentary on the Book of Psalms, v. IV, Ediburgh: Calvin Translation Society, 1847, p. 169 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I thank You for the great abundance of Your world.
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