He Rides On High Heavens

Today has been a pretty full day and it promises to continue being so into the late evening. I do not anticipate having any time to blog about today’s reading in the Institutes, but I do want to share some quotes that stood out to me as Calvin continues to write about the knowledge of God, creation and man.

Let each of us, therefore, in contemplating his own nature, remember that there is one God who governs all natures, and, in governing, wishes us to have respect to himself, to make him the object of our faith, worship, and adoration.” (1.4.6)

In regard to his power, how glorious the manifestations by which he urges us to the contemplation of himself ….” (1.4.6)

From the power of God we are naturally led to consider his eternity since that from which all other things derive their origin must necessarily be self-existent and eternal.” (1.4.6)

… the knowledge of God which we are invited to cultivate is not that which, resting satisfied with empty speculation, only flutters in the brain, but a knowledge which will prove substantial and fruitful wherever it is duly perceived, and rooted in the heart.” (1.4.9)

Morever, while his perfections are thus most vividly displayed (in His works), the only means of ascertaining their practical operation and tendency is to descend into ourselves, and consider how it is that the Lord there manifests his wisdom, power, and energy, – how he there displays his justice, good, and mercy.” (1.4.10)

It was a beautiful sunset this evening and there was a tremendous cloud formation over my head as I waited for my wife to pick me up after work.

… Sing praises to the LORD, To Him who rides upon the highest heavens, which are from ancient times; … Ascribe strength to God; His majesty is over Israel, And His strength is in the skies. O God, Thou art awesome from Thy sanctuary, ….”

Psalm 68:32-35a

He is a magnificient God.

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