Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pascal: Incline my heart

Saturday, May 16, 2015
    Commemoration of Caroline Chisholm, Social Reformer, 1877
Incline my heart unto thy testimonies,
    and not to covetousness.
    —Psalm 119:36 (KJV)
    Do not wonder to see simple people believe without reasoning. God imparts to them love of Him and hatred of self. He inclines their heart to believe. Men will never believe with a saving and real faith, unless God inclines their heart; and they will believe as soon as He inclines it. And this is what David knew well, when he said: “Incline my heart, O Lord, unto thy testimonies.”
    ... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées (Thoughts) [1660], P.F. Collier & Son, 1910, #284, p. 100-101 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 119:36; 51:10; 1 Kings 8:58; Pr. 3:5; Eze. 11:19-20; John 6:44-45; 14:6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may I not lean on my own understanding, but trust in You.
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