Thursday, May 24, 2007
Digging For Gold in the Devotionals
There's a shelf on my bookcase, behind my desk, that is devoted to devotionals (pun not intended). Sometimes I read a particular day's entry in several of those books and often I find a nugget or gem that really addresses my need on that day.
This morning I opened John Calvin's HEART AFLAME, Daily Readings from Calvin on the Psalms. Often I find Calvin too verbose but one of the opening sentences in today's reading was simple enough for this uneducated pilgrim to grasp.
He writes, "God never disappoints His servants, but crowns with everlasting happiness the struggles and distresses which may have exercised their faith."
The Psalm Calvin is commenting on is the 61st, a psalm of David. He begins by quoting verse 5: "For Thou, O God, hast heard my vows: Thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear Thy name."
Regarding that "heritage" he writes, "But inheritance suggests that the people of God enjoy a species of prosperity more solid and enduring; their momentary and short-lived troubles having only the effect of promoting their eternal welfare. He praises God that those who fear His name are not left to the poor privilege of rejoicing for a few days, but secured in a permanent heritage of happiness."
What a heritage and inheritance we, as Christ-followers, have! We should, like David, determine to "Sing praises unto Thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows." - vs. 8
HEART AFLAME, Daily Readings from Calvin on the Psalms, published by Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing, copyright 1999.