Saturday, May 27, 2023

Calvin: contemplate His works

Saturday, May 27, 2023
    Commemoration of John Calvin, renewer of the Church, 1564
Great are the works of the LORD;
    they are pondered by all who delight in them.
    —Psalm 111:2 (NIV)
    The most perfect way of seeking God, and the most suitable order, is not for us to attempt with bold curiosity to penetrate to the investigation of His essence, which we ought more to adore than meticulously to search out, but for us to contemplate Him in His works, whereby He renders Himself near and familiar to us, and in some manner communicates Himself.
    ... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, v. I [1559], tr. John Allen, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1921, I.v.9, p. 65 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 111:2; Gen. 1:31; Ps. 8:3-4; 92:4-5; 104:24; 139:14; Eccl. 3:11,14; Jer. 10:12; Eph. 2:6-7
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your hand is known to us.
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