Saturday, August 17, 2019

Edwards: the beauty of holiness

Saturday, August 17, 2019
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
    bring an offering and come into his courts.
Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness;
    tremble before him, all the earth.
    —Psalm 96:8-9 (NIV)
    He that sees the beauty of holiness, or true moral good, sees the greatest and most important thing in the world, which is the fulness of all things, without which all the world is empty, no better than nothing, yea, worse than nothing. Unless this is seen, nothing is seen that is worth the seeing; for there is no other true excellency or beauty.
    ... Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), The Works of President Edwards, v. IV, Worcester: Isaiah Thomas, Jun., 1808, p. 210-211 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 29:2; 96:8-9; 110:3; Isa. 52:7; Matt. 5:48; 1 Pet. 1:15-16
Quiet time reflection:
    Open my eyes, Lord, that I might gaze upon the beauty of Your holiness.
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